D.C. – When former New York City Mayor and billionaire Mike Bloomberg said he “bought”
21 Congressional seats during a Presidential debate, was Jared Golden’s seat
one of them? That’s a question his opponents were answering last week as Maine
moved into the home-stretch of the state’s Super Tuesday vote.
happened during a debate in Charleston, S.C. on Tuesday, February 24th.
Bloomberg was attempting to defend his ability to elect Democrats in response
to Vice President Joe Biden, who had just bragged about his work helping elect
Democrats to the House.
“All of the new Democrats that came in, put
Nancy Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this
President, I bought- I got them,” said Bloomberg.
of the Congressmen Bloomberg was referring to is Jared Golden of Maine’s 2nd
District,” said the Brakey campaign in a Facebook post.
Brakey Campaign has discovered that three (3) separate Bloomberg-funded PACs
spent nearly $1.5 million to boost Golden’s campaign in 2018, putting him
across the finish line under ranked choice voting.”
Brakey’s statement goes on to explain several positions Golden took in the Maine Legislature that would have made him a favorable candidate for Bloomberg. It is accompanied by a graphic featuring Bloomberg and Golden and the words “I bought…. them”
Among those positions are Golden’s opposition to Maine’s Constitutional Carry law (which Brakey sponsored and shepherded into law), Golden’s support of a controversial background check bill that Brakey said would have “criminalized transfers between law-abiding citizens” and Golden’s hiring of top campaign staff that previously worked for Bloomberg.
people reject Mike Bloomberg‘s gun control agenda and deserve a Congressmen who
isn’t “bought” and beholden to this anti-gun New York City billionaire,” says
the Brakey statement.
“The media mocked us when we showed up
to tell Mike Bloomberg that Mainers can’t be bought,” tweeted Adrienne Bennett, who
is also vying to take on Golden.
“Last night he admitted that he likes to buy house seats & took credit for electing @Rep. Golden. This November, we will send Mike Bloomberg a clear message that Maine can’t be bought!
The National Republican Congressional Campaign also weighed
last night’s debate gong show, billionaire Michael Bloomberg
admitted he “bought” 40 House Democrats, including Jared Golden,”
said Michael McAdams, a spokesperson for the NRCC. “Today the NRCC mailed Golden a ‘For Sale’ sign to fill out so voters know how much it
costs for someone to buy his loyalty this time around.”
On Friday, Golden, facing questions about who he would vote for in the Presidential primary, told the Lewiston Sun Journal he would vote for any Democratic candidate for President, but Bloomberg was not the candidate he would be supporting. (Read the LSJ article)
Saying he opposed Bloomberg’s recent issue-based spending in Maine, the Lewiston Sun Journal quotes Golden as saying Bloomberg would not get his vote, including a statement from Golden criticizing Bloomberg.
While Golden might be seeking favor for opposing Bloomberg’s attempts to “buy influence” or an “election” as he put it, Golden certainly reaped the rewards of that spending in 2018.
According to the Brakey campaign, in the 2018 election cycle, three Bloomberg-funded political action committees spent almost $1.5 million boosting Golden’s candidacy. That spending was part of the record-breaking spending levels that ended with Golden being declared the winner over Congressman Bruce Poliquin after the controversial ranked-choice voting tabulation.
Bloomberg has also received criticism from Bernie Sanders, who has said he is trying to “buy” the election.
endorsed Democrat Presidential candidate Michael Bennet just days before Bennet
dropped out of the race. Since then, Golden has not offered much more information
on his upcoming Super Tuesday vote other than the distance he sought from