Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be counting down his final months in office, but he scored a big election victory Tuesday night, when a candidate he put his money behind won a race in Chicago. The mayor said he hopes it's the beginning of a political trend. NY1's Bobby Cuza filed the following report.
It was a full-scale attack on a candidate who doesn't support gun control.
Pouring more than $2 million into TV ads and mailers, Independence USA, the super PAC formed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, helped pro-gun control candidate Robin Kelly win a Democratic primary Tuesday night for a Chicago-area Congressional seat.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg wasn't exactly gloating.
"This is the public speaking," he said. "I didn't win."
Still, he used a high-profile visit to Washington to trumpet the result, appearing on two network news shows and declaring that public attitudes on the issue are shifting.
"I think it's a harbinger of what is going to happen here," Bloomberg said on CNN's "The Situation Room". "You don’t have to have put money into every race. In the end, the money doesn't matter. It's the people that show up at the polls."
Vice President Joe Biden made a similar argument Wednesday.
"The public mood has changed," Biden said.
Bloomberg left a meeting with Biden convinced, he said, that the administration is committed to the issue. He also met with four senators.
"While none of them made a specific commitment, so you can't go back and say, 'You told Bloomberg this,' I walked away comfortable that they understand the issue and that they will be there," the mayor said.
Bloomberg advisers said that the election in Chicago shows the NRA can be defeated, though the NRA pointed out it spent no money on the race. There is no word on what other candidates Bloomberg's super PAC might support in the future.