11:38 am Aug. 10, 20121
Michael Bloomberg, who has become the national face of gun control, has said that he endorsed the N.R.A.-approved Republican senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts as a reward for Brown's opposition to a specific bill concerning concealed weapons that would have had a large impact on New York City.
Bloomberg, a staunch defender of Wall Street, didn't mention Brown's Democratic opponent Elizabeth Warren, who has become a national liberal darling for her forceful advocacy for tighter regulation of the finance industry.
Today, the Washington Post's Jason Horowitz reports that Bloomberg officials in fact had a phone call with Warren's team before the Brown endorsement, and determined that Warren's policy people "showed no interest in pushing opposition to the concealed-gun bill."
The bill in question would have required states to recognize the concealed-weapon permits of other states with laxer gun regulations. The N.R.A. strongly supported the measure, and Brown, who is generally well-regarded by the gun-rights crowd, joined Democrats in opposing the measure. Bloomberg said it was for that reason, and that reason alone, that he endorsed Brown over Warren.
Bloomberg has made gun control one of his main causes, and supports a new assault-weapons ban, which Brown opposes at the federal level. Warren supports the ban.
"Our gun team had multiple conversations with her policy staff and it was clear it was not in any way a priority of their campaign or would be if she were to assume office," Bloomberg spokesman Marc LaVorgna told Capital. "As I said, this isn't about checking off a box on a questionnaire on what issue you support or not. This is about what result are you going to produce."
The mayor, added LaVorgna, personally lobbied Brown hard on this issue.
"The mayor asked Senator Brown to buck his party and stand up to the NRA on this issue for us," said LaVorgna. "He did so."
Warren's campaign had no immediate comment.
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