facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Bloomberg urges donors to withhold support from four Democrats

June 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 12 (UPI) -- Mayor Michael Bloomberg asked major New York political donors Wednesday to withhold support from four Democrats who voted against background checks.

Bloomberg sent out more than 1,000 personal letters, The Washington Post reported. He targeted U.S. Sens. Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.

In his letter, Bloomberg said many senators from states where support for gun rights is high supported the compromise bill put forward by Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa. The mayor said the four Democrats he named helped ensure the bill fell short of the 60 votes needed to get it to the Senate floor.

"Senators Baucus, Begich, Heitkamp and Pryor sided with the minority, reminding us of why so many people are angry at Congress," Bloomberg said. "Astonishingly, the four senators did this even as they ask New Yorkers, who contributed a significant share of the funding for their last election bids, to donate to them once again. Their votes were an affront to the nation. Make no mistake: Loopholes at the federal level undermine our efforts to keep our streets safe."

Bloomberg's action could hurt Begich and Pryor, who are up for re-election next year. Baucus plans to retire, while Heitkamp, who was elected to the Senate last year, does not face the voters until 2018.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan Destroyers with ballistic missile defense capability heading to Japan
2
American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack American fighting with Kurds in Syria: Civilians burned in chemical attack
3
Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student Female gym teacher busted for repeated sex with student
4
Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts Texas cheer coach Ashley Zehnder faces sex charge for sleeping with a student and sending nude sexts
5
GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide GOP Rep. Don Young tussles with students over same-sex marriage and suicide
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback