Bloomberg opening New Hampshire office after primary
Democratic presidential hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergEngel scrambles to fend off primary challenge from left It’s as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned MORE is opening a campaign office in New Hampshire with an eye toward the 2020 general election, campaign staff said.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the former New York City mayor is also running an ad on the website of one of the state’s largest newspapers, the New Hampshire Union Leader, urging a return to “calm” leadership in the White House.
The announcement of the new campaign office in Concord, N.H., comes just a day after the state’s first-in-the-nation primary contest. Bloomberg, a late entry to the 2020 Democratic race, is focusing on Super Tuesday states and did not appear on the ballot in New Hampshire.
“It’s a decisive battleground,” Dan Kanninen, Bloomberg’s states director, told the Journal. “Mike understands that.”
Bloomberg, who is self-funding his candidacy, has faced criticism from progressives over his personal campaign spending, which dwarfs that of nearly every candidate running, with the exception of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), one of the front-runners for the Democratic nomination, has accused the billionaire of attempting to “buy” the election.
Bloomberg reportedly now has a total of 150 state offices nationwide, and about 2,400 paid staffers.
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