New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is crossing state lines politically to fire a shot at the Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts, suggesting her election would be a step closer to socialism.
The Democrat, Elizabeth Warren, is in a tight race against incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, who won a special election in 2010 to fill the seat of the late-Sen. Ted Kennedy. Warren was instrumental in creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under President Obama.
Bloomberg made his preference in the race clear in an interview with the New York Times, emphasizing his interest in gun control legislation.
“What I’ve tried to do is find liberal middle-of-the-road Republicans and Democrats. In the Senate, Scott Brown, who single-handedly stopped the right-to-carry bill," Bloomberg said. "You can question whether he’s too conservative. You can question, in my mind, whether she’s God’s gift to regulation, close the banks and get rid of corporate profits, and we’d all bring socialism back, or the U.S.S.R.”