Bloomberg: Kelly win a harbinger of future campaigns

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday after his White House meeting with Vice President Joe Biden that he was encouraged by his time in Washington pushing initiatives to curb gun violence.

Bloomberg was visiting the capital the day after a major victory for his super PAC, Independence USARobin Kelly won her Democratic primary in Illiniois' 2nd district special election after Bloomberg's PAC supported her candidacy to the tune of about $2 million dollars in ads.

Kelly ran against former representative Debbie Halvorson, who had said she would oppose an assault weapons ban and earned a high rating from the NRA while in Congress.

Bloomberg would not take full credit for Kelly's win but said he would continue to be involved in funding races.

"Is it a harbinger of things to come? I think so, but this is the public speaking," Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg also said he met with Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Kirk (D-Ill.) and Majority Leader Harry Reid during his trip.

Bloomberg was not overly concerned about the federal budget cuts set to take effect Friday due to sequestration.

"I think Monday we'll still be able to police the streets," he said. "It's going to take a while."

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.

politics

post-politics

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Most Read Politics

politics

post-politics

Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Next Story
Paul Kane · February 27, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.