Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont is laying some of the blame for the Senate’s failure earlier in the year to pass the controversial Manchin-Toomey gun amendment at the feet of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who waged a multi-million dollar TV campaign against those opposing the proposal.
“Unfortunately, you have some on the left like the mayor of New York City, who actually didn’t help a bit with his ads. He actually turned off some people that we might have gotten for supporters,” the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Sunday, per an ABC News report.
Bloomberg dumped millions into attacking New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte, among others, both before and after the vote. Also on the list was Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, a vulnerable red-state Democrat who jointed Ayotte and others in voting against Manchin-Toomey.
Leahy’s rebuke isn’t the first time a Democratic lawmaker has offered a blunt-force assessment of Bloomberg’s tactics. In June Senator Chuck Schumer said he felt the ads hadn’t been effective.
And that same ABC News report quoted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated he’d recently spoken with Bloomberg “to remind him…that to have Republicans in control of the Senate is a sure sign we will never ever get anything done.”