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July 22, 2013 - 8:18 am

Nanny Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns is quietly losing membership, according to a report on Buzzfeed.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is finding it hard to keep its membership up, thanks to dozens of resignations and lost elections over the last few months.

Worse for Bloomberg, who has become one of the faces of the gun control movement: the people replacing his lost comrades aren’t particularly eager to sign up with the organization, a rare group battling in the trenches against the well-organized and deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. Some appear not quite to have signed on for that level of political heat.

“The original focus, I thought, was going to be on focusing on better on enforcement of our existing laws, and if anything, we have talked about not getting involved with things like banning assault weapons and banning magazine clips,” said Rockford, Il. Mayor Lawrence Morrissey, who left the group in June because, he said at a town hall meeting, the group had veered from what he originally thought it was about.

Bloomberg’s group has come under fire recently for naming murder suspects, including Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in its list of victims of gun violence and for hosting its website on New York City government servers.

Membership in Mayors Against Illegal Guns ends up threatening to become a career-limiting move for ambitious mayors. Many Democrat mayors undoubtedly watched with angst in 2010, when former Houston Mayor Bill White’s membership in the group became a 16-ton albatross around his neck as he ran for governor of Texas. That membership helped identify White as a liberal Democrat who was out-of-touch with Texas values, so much so that he aligned himself with the totalitarian Bloomberg. Gov. Rick Perry clobbered White, who was seen as the Democrats’ best hope to win the governorship since Ann Richards.

Apparently not all Democrats see the downside of sidling up to Bloomberg, or they do, but quietly align with him anyway. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin ran for the Senate as so pro-gun he would literally shoot bad laws. But the lure of Bloomberg’s campaign money seems to be turning Manchin’s head.

WASHINGTON – Mayor Bloomberg, who has spent millions of dollars to attack opponents of gun control, will raise hundreds of thousands this month for an advocate of tougher gun laws.

Bloomberg will host a July 22 fundraiser at his upper East Side home for Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), sources said. Tickets for the event start at $1,000.

Sen. Manchin is happy to take Bloomberg’s money but doesn’t seem to be proud to be seen with the New York mayor in public. West Virginia’s Register-Herald tried to get confirmation of the Bloomberg fundraiser from Manchin’s office for nearly a week, but got a runaround instead. Manchin will just quietly cash a fat check from Bloomberg’s fundraiser later today.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Could also be mayors who were members don't want to be lumped in a group with criminals: http://www.stopillegalmayors.com/

"Sen. Manchin is happy to take Bloomberg’s money but doesn’t seem to be proud to be seen with the New York mayor in public."

Of course - Machin likes winning elections. Representing his constituents? Who cares? If they really mattered to Machin, they wouldn't live in WV, now would they?
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As syberpunk mentions, the usual way that MAIG loses members is when they are quickly deleted from its rolls when arrested for a crime.

Which seems to happen weekly.
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Wannabe fascist dictator Bloomberg might be able to buy politicians at will, but his style of "governance" is so obviously totalitarian that even Left-leaning autocrats find his money, and any association with him, to be toxic when it comes time to face the electorate. New York deserves him, and he deserves New York.
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Bloomberg may front an outfit called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," but he himself is an illegal mayor against guns, having bribed his way into a third term.
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Has no one stopped and bothered to ask Mayors Against Illegal Guns that if they're against illegal guns, why aren't they teaming up with the NRA to ensure guns are legally bought? Last I checked the NRA too is against illegal guns.
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Could also be mayors who were members don't want to be lumped in a group with criminals: http://www.stopillegalmayors.com/

"Sen. Manchin is happy to take Bloomberg’s money but doesn’t seem to be proud to be seen with the New York mayor in public."

Of course - Machin likes winning elections. Representing his constituents? Who cares? If they really mattered to Machin, they wouldn't live in WV, now would they?
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