Michael Bloomberg was endorsed by Democratic Representative Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island, who brushed aside the fact they’re in different political parties.
“When I first met him, I was a Republican and he was a Democrat. I became a Democrat and he became a Republican,” McCarthy told reporters after the event, which took place in front of a statue of Eleanor Roosevelt at 72nd Street and Riverside Drive.
“The fact that she was willing to put party politics aside once again and support our campaign speaks volumes about her as a leader,” Bloomberg said at the event. He noted that McCarthy was first elected to Congress after challenging the incumbent Republican while she was still a registered member of that party.
Both McCarthy and Bloomberg spoke about the issue of gun control, something they’ve both championed for some time.
McCarthy has been in the news most recently as one of the leading critics of–and a potential challenger to–the newly appointed senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, questioning Gillibrand’s newfound outspokeness about gun control.
Reporters asked McCarthy how she felt about the White House using its influence to clear the field of prospective challengers to Gillibrand. McCarthy said, “Well, I don’t think they’ll do it again. I just don’t think they’ll do it again. A lot of people outside the political world don’t think the White House should get involved” in this race.
Bloomberg left the event without taking questions from reporters.