Michael Bloomberg makes it official: He’s a registered Democrat again

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 11, 2018

Bloomberg, the billionaire former mayor of NY, announced Wednesday that he has registered as a Democrat, a move certain to stoke further speculation about whether he intends to run for president in 2020.

Bloomberg, New York City's mayor from 2002 to 2013, announced on Instagram Wednesday he's re-registered as a Democrat - accompanied with a photograph of him signing official forms.

On Wednesday morning he posted a photo on Instagram of him signing the paperwork, with a caption that reads, "At key points in USA history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution".

Bloomberg says on social media he did so "because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs". He twice flirted with running for president as an independent candidate. His advisers told the Washington Post this month, amid the contentious fight over the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, that he would spend an additional $20 million to help Democrats retake the U.S. Senate. Bloomberg characterizes his move as "one of his most overt.to date" in terms of a possible presidential run. According to Bloomberg News (part of the former mayor's conglomerate), he is already allocating millions of dollars to support Democratic efforts to take control of Congress.

Bloomberg, 76, was a longtime Democrat who became a Republican before running for mayor of the largest US city in 2001.

Bloomberg also explored a 2016 presidential bid as an independent but ultimately decided against it, writing in an op-ed that "an independent candidacy would split the Electoral College and allow Congress to elect an extremist".

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