New York City's wealthy mayor is far too liberal to be a serious presidential candidate, says a longtime political analyst.
OneNewsNow reported this week that Howard Schultz, the former Starbucks CEO, is weighing a presidential run and now NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, 76, could be making a decision soon after publicly speculating for months.
Bloomberg, the businessman-turned-politician, recently took a political shot at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination, for proposing a "wealth tax" on high earners. He called the idea "non-capitalistic" and compared it to once-wealthy Venezuela.
He also blasted the "Medicare for All" proposal being pushed by Democrats and called it unaffordable.
Dr. Charles W. Dunn, professor emeritus of government at Clemson University, tells OneNewsNow that Bloomberg is a "sometimes" Democrat and a "sometimes" Republican.
"He's been neither sometimes. So who can trust him?" observes Dunn. "The level of trust for Bloomberg is suspect."
But the billionaire is no fool, either. The Atlantic, meanwhile, reported this week that Bloomberg is overseeing an organized, behind-the-scenes political plan, now two years in the making, which has one goal for the 2020 election: defeat Donald Trump.
Bloomberg spent more than $100 million in the 2018 midterms, the most of any donor supporting Democrats, and his PAC won 21 or 24 races, The Atlantic reported.
If he runs for president, the biggest problem facing Bloomberg, says Dunn, is the "New York problem," which simply stated is that New York City is not like the rest of the country.
In the end, says Dunn, Bloomberg is a "fellow who is a blowhard with a lot of money," and a "blowhard" who has little chance at the White House.
According to The Atlantic story, however, Bloomberg and his aides are carefully weighing his odds in 2020 with the sole goal of a Democrat winning on Election Day.