Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor, is perhaps best remembered for his willingness to buy the upcoming election. While this strategy did not work as well as he may have hoped, he is now trying to use his considerable bankroll to assist someone else. With Florida still hanging in the balance, he’s decided to pour $100 million into the state.
These funds are supposed to improve Joe Biden’s chances of being able to become president. The buy will be taking place through the Independence USA PAC. Bloomberg is hoping that his big spending will allow the Democrats to focus on other states that still need to be won. “Voting starts on Sept. 24 in Florida so the need to inject real capital in that state quickly is an urgent need,” says Kevin Sheekey, a Bloomberg adviser.
“Mike believes that by investing in Florida it will allow campaign resources and other Democratic resources to be used in other states, in particular the state of Pennsylvania,” Sheekey continued. The main concern for Biden in Florida? All of the Latino voters who have remained wholly unconvinced by all of the promises that he is currently making.
Biden does have double digit support but the Democrats are especially worried about this election. Bernie Sanders is even griping about the matter. He believes that the campaign needs to reach out to New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. AOC is supposed to be the magic bullet that will assuage all of the fears of the Latino community in Florida.
Meanwhile, those who have actually engaged with the Latino population in the region know that they are very concerned about the Democratic party’s turn to socialism. We are not sure what Ocasio-Cortez could do to ease these fears when she is the one who is leading the charge. Biden and company probably realize that sending her down there is a fool’s errand at best.
Bloomberg is being brought into the equation as a means of avoiding those sorts of uncomfortable conversations. Since both parties have already spent well over $300 million on advertisements in this state, what’s another $100 million or so. At this point, all of the television advertisements that Floridians are seeing have to do with Biden or Trump.
Thanks to this announcement, the Trump campaign and the GOP can now focus on their own fundraising efforts. In fact, Trump has already spoken openly about the prospect of donating his own money to help with his re-election campaign. He could easily negate the $100 million that Bloomberg has put up without even thinking twice.
When it comes to gaining Latino support in the state of Florida, Bloomberg is probably not the best messenger that the Democrats could have chosen. He has supported the type of measures that are “tough on crime” and Latinos have been punished in an indiscriminate manner as a direct result. These voters have longer memories than the Democrats are willing to give them credit for.
“As mayor of New York City, Bloomberg used stop and frisk to unlawfully stop and harass black and Latino people,” says Raphael Agosto-Miranda. Agosto-Miranda works with an advocacy group that fights tirelessly on Latinos’ behalf. “The most affected Latin group were Puerto Ricans as they are the largest Latin American group in the city. Bloomberg has never voiced concern for the island of Puerto Rico or the politics on the island,” read an e-mail from the New York Boricua Resistance.
This is the hypocrisy that the Democrats are currently engaging in and no one seems to be willing to point it out. As usual, they believe that they can fix the problem by sending in a celebrity of sorts to mollify the people they claim to be helping. Even if they are able to send in Ocasio-Cortez, there’s not much that she can do to convince the Latino population that she is not a socialist. Money can’t cure all of these ills.