New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts for re-election against Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat and Harvard Law School professor who helped create the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
The mayor, an independent, decided to support and raise money for Brown after the senator said he would oppose a National Rifle Association-sponsored Senate bill, said Marc LaVorgna, a mayoral spokesman. The measure would permit people to carry concealed guns anywhere in the U.S. if they reside in a state that allows the practice.
Brown’s stand on that issue outweighed his reluctance to back a federal ban on assault weapons, LaVorgna said. Bloomberg has sought a federal prohibition on such weapons; Brown, 52, has said each state should have the right to decide.
“The value of having a Republican stand up on this is tremendous,” LaVorgna said in an interview. “The mayor supports independent, bridge-building elected officials who reach out across party lines and take gutsy stands, and Brown’s support on this issue is crucial.”
The mayor, 70, co-founded and co-chairs Mayors Against Illegal Guns with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, a coalition of more than 600 chief executives of U.S. cities who advocate new laws and stiffer enforcement of existing ones to keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, terrorists and felons.
Bloomberg intends to host a fundraiser for Brown at his home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Aug. 15, LaVorgna said.
New York’s mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.