Mike Bloomberg comes to Arizona

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The grand opening of Former New York Mayors Mike Bloomberg’s Phoenix office at 801 East Washington did not happen?

Why is that?

Because the 300 people they expected to show up did not.

1600 people (including virtually the same press corp that attended the Warren rally last summer) came instead and the Bloomberg team had to move the event to a considerably larger venue at 215 East Grant to accommodate the surge in interest. 

Phoenix Police, because of Fire Marshall’s concerns, had to keep 200 of the 1600 people out of the event.

Among the attendees at the event were former Phoenix Mayors Terry Goddard and Paul Johnson. Senate Democratic Leader David Bradley and Legislative District 29 State Representative Cesar Chavez were in attendance. Candidates for office like Deedra Abboud (Maricopa County Board of Supervisors,) Dr. Hiral Tipirneni (Congressional District Six) and Michael Muscato (Congressional District Eight) were among the crowd.

Introducing Bloomberg

Maral Sabeti, a Bloomberg supporter and Representative Chavez stoked the enthusiasm of the 1400 person crowd by making comments like:

  • “Trump, you’re fired.”
  • “Mike Bloomberg will defeat Donald Trump, bring back integrity, put the U.S. back on track.”
  • “I remember how I felt on November 9, 2016. I don’t want to feel like that this November.”
  • “Are you ready Arizona? We need to turn out everyone we know to make sure he (Trump) doesn’t set foot on the White House again.”
  • “Let’s be on the front of the next blue wave.”

Bloomberg outlines his Presidential Goals.

Chavez then introduced Bloomberg who gave a speech outlining where he wanted to take the country, discussed his background, and how he was unlike Trump.

Saying he wanted to put “the united” back in the United States of America, Bloomberg said, “I am campaigning right here and all the other states that will decide the election.”

Pledging to bring “less partisanship and less tweeting,” the former New York Mayor said he will “campaign for compassion and human decency.” He said he would fight for:

  • Providing health insurance for everyone
  • Common sense gun safety.
  • Positioning the United States as a global leader in the fight against climate change.
  • Good jobs with higher wages.
  • Addressing discrimination and inequality.
  • Fixing the broken immigration system.
  • Protecting women’s rights.
  • Nominating Judges that will protect women’s rights.
  • Coming together to build a country we will be proud of.
  • Bringing Democrats like Mark Kelly to the Senate.

Bloomberg then touted his record as New York Mayor to reassure the crowd that he means what he says. He cited his record of:

  • Raising teacher salaries.
  • Raising school graduation rates.
  • Cutting the number of medically uninsured.
  • Reducing New York’s carbon footprint.
  • Helping to bring down the murder rate.
  • Forming a Gun Safety Movement.
  • Brought down the homeless rates.
  • Instituted anti-poverty programs.

He then said he was “The Un Trump” saying:

  • “He (Trump) makes promises and I keep them.”
  • “He (Trump) divides and I unite”
  • “I believe in science.”
  • “I tell the truth.”
  • “He inherited (his wealth) and I am self-made.”

The former Mayor then recounted his professional and political rise over the last 35 years.

He then closed by saying:

“We are a country that refuses to accept poverty, injustice, and inequality. I will bring people together like I did as Mayor and rebuild the promise of America. I need your help. Talk to your friends and family. Tell them to vote and let’s get this done. Health care! Jobs! Quality Education no matter zip code. Opportunity for all. Clean out the Oval Office. Welcome to Bloomberg 2020.”

Reaction to the Bloomberg Presentation. 

The reaction to Bloomberg’s presentation was very positive.

Jewel Fields, a Phoenix resident, said:

“I wanted to hear what he had to say. I want to hear from all the candidates. I liked what he had to say. I might join the campaign but I still haven’t decided.”

Former Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson commented that:

“We need to nominate someone who could defeat Donald Trump. You have to be able to win the Electoral College. If you can win Arizona, you can capture the Electoral College. Mike is not a demagogue. He will pull us back together.”

Arizona Congressional District Eight Candidate Michael Muscato relayed that:

Bloomberg brings a “common sense approach and solutions. He is less talk and more action. Exactly what this country needs.”

Former Mayor Paul Johnson is right. Democrats need a candidate that can win the Electoral College as well as the Popular Vote.

To do that, Arizona with the highly populated and shifting blue Maricopa County are prizes the eventual Democratic Nominee should strongly covet and campaign for.

For more information on the Bloomberg campaign, please click on their website here and Facebook Page here.

 

 

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

3 COMMENTS

  1. The “I Like Mike” campaign had a large gathering on Friday night at the American Eat Company down on 4th Avenue, below E. 22nd Street. Only politician who spoke up for Mike was LD 10 State Senator David Bradley. Saw Mark Stegeman (former TUSD Board member) and Carmen Dolny (former JP) in the crowd, plus Billy Peard running for LD 2 House. About 200 plus people there. Political director for Mike’s Arizona campaign is Courtney Frogge, former LD 10 House candidate.

  2. Trump beats Bloomberg and he will hurt Dems up and down the ticket.

    Over the weekend we saw an insincere but well designed push by Parscale and Trump to “win” the black vote.

    The Trump campaign doesn’t think black voters will actually vote for Trump in large numbers, they want to suppress the black vote.

    Because black voters, especially black women voters, win elections.

    Look at Roy Moore.

    If you’re black or brown, Bloomberg is worse than Trump.

    Bloomberg’s Stop and Frisk policy ruined lives and destroyed American families. His legacy continues long after Stop and Frisk ends.

    How does an old white guy from All-White-Tukee know this?

    When I was a young white man, I had long hair and drove a cheap car and lived in a bad part of town.

    I was a musician and was out at bars and parties where musicians tend to be and I got arrested. A lot.

    Think of it as the suburban white boy version of Stop and Frisk.

    Here’s the cycle:

    Wrong place, wrong time late Saturday night
    Miss work on Monday while waiting for court
    Get “time served” and small fine
    Get fired for missing work
    Can’t pay fine
    Two months later, wrong place wrong time, again
    You’ve done nothing wrong, but now you have a warrant for an unpaid fine, so they take you in
    Assuming you’ve found a job, fired again, for missing work while waiting for court
    Relationship issues
    Family issues
    IRS issues
    Rent, power, water, grocery issues
    Wrong place wrong time, again…repeat, only it gets worse each time…

    I’m from a small town in Ohio, I was the most polite arrest you could make, and I still got the crap knocked out of me a few times.

    No wonder people of color take issue with the cops when they get pulled over just for being black on a sunny day.

    I grew up to be an old white man with a better job and car and zip code, and I don’t get pulled over so much any more.

    But for millions of black folks, Bloomberg is a continuing nightmare.

    Trump separates families of color and so did Bloomberg.

    He’s no better than Trump, he’s just a racist old white guy from New York who destroys the lives and families of brown people.

    I appreciate the work you do, Mr. Gordon, but you need to mention Stop and Frisk anytime you talk about Mike Bloomberg.

    He’s toxic AF.

    • Hey Sharpie,
      I was going to comment on billionaire Stop and Frisk Mike who bought his way right in to this election, but you’ve covered it.

      Yeah, as we head toward oligarchy all we can really hope for is benevolent billionaire leaders and Mike wants to be that guy.

      Toxic AF. Amen.

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