Nanny Bloomberg, the Republican mayor of New York City, wants gun control, and he wants it badly.
He wants U.S. Senators to vote to impose gun control — an act of political suicide in some states. West Virginia is one of them.
So, he is holding a fund-raising dinner in his home in New York City. The Democrat is from West Virginia. He voted for the Senate’s gun control bill, which went down to defeat this year.
Bloomberg also recommended withholding funds from the four Democrat Senators who voted to kill the bill.
But Bloomberg is a Republican. Anyway, that’s what he says. So, why should Democrats pay any attention to what he recommends? Because they recognize that he is a Republican in name only. He has a lot of money. Money talks.
The trouble is, his efforts could backfire.
Mr. Bloomberg’s strategy creates a tricky situation for Senate Democrats. They do not wish to alienate the billionaire mayor, who has become increasingly aggressive and outspoken on the issue. But they say he should be more sympathetic, given that their party, with its fragile majority, has tried to take on the difficult subject of increasing restrictions on guns in the face of hostility from Republicans.
“What they are doing,” said one senior Democratic aide who, like many people interviewed for this article, declined to go on the record criticizing the mayor, “is increasing the likelihood of a 100 percent A-rated N.R.A. Republican being elected.”
Wouldn’t that be nice?