New York native Phil Bredesen is at it again. Just two weeks ago the National Rifle Association chastised him for claiming an endorsement that was over a decade-and-a-half old. Now he is buddying up to perhaps the nation’s richest anti-gun advocate, Mike Bloomberg.
The former Tennessee governor has a “D,” not an “A” rating from the NRA-ILA, like he claimed in an ad, The Tennessee Star previously reported. He received the “A” rating in 2002 as governor, but is currently down to a “D.”
@PhilBredesen It’s not 2002, you’re not governor and you’re not A-rated by the NRA. Its 2018, you have earned a D rating for turning your back on self-defense and supporting the Hillary/Schumer/Bloomberg gun control agenda. @VoteMarsha is a 2A champion. You’re not. #stoplying pic.twitter.com/Wi0ORRmQTv
— Chris Cox (@ChrisCoxNRA) September 20, 2018
Bredesen is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) who is retiring. U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) is his opponent.
Now, former New York Mayor and gun control advocate Bloomberg will host a fundraiser at his Manhattan home Tuesday for Bredesen, The Star reported this week.
One may ask why Bloomberg would help Bredesen.
Bloomberg, who is considering a 2020 presidential campaign, will give $20 million to the main Democratic Senate super PAC to help the party grasp ahold of majority party status, The Washington Post reported.
Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Scott Golden said he knows where some of that money will go.
“Voters are seeing just how much Phil’s word is worth: zilch,” Golden said. “One minute Phil claims he’s a proud gun-owner, then the next he’s running up to New York to get money from the nation’s most ardent gun-grabber, Michael Bloomberg. Phil clearly cares more about liberal elites’ cash than the values Tennesseans hold.”
Bloomberg’s involvement with Bredesen is likely to increase scrutiny on one of the tightest races in the midterm elections, as Bredesen wants to flip a Republican-held seat in Tennessee which President Donald Trump won in 2016, CNBC reports.
The Manhattan fundraiser is being sold to financiers as an opportunity to “join Mike Bloomberg for an evening in support of Governor Phil Bredesen.”
“Looks like Bloomberg, Bredesen, and Schumer are just three peas in a pod,” the Tennessee Republican Party said of the New York trio, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.