Bloomberg switches back to Democratic Party

Boy this is News… when was he an independent?

Michael R. Bloomberg, a billionaire and former mayor of New York, spoke at a fund-raising brunch for Steve Sisolak, left, the Democratic nominee for governor of Nevada, in Las Vegas on Sunday.CreditCreditBridget Bennett for The New York Times

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he had changed his registration from independent to Democrat. Bloomberg noted that he was a Democrat for most of his life, before switching to the Republican Party when he was elected mayor of New York City in 2001.

He then became an independent in 2007.

Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of the global media company that bears his name, has donated to Democrats and criticized GOP positions on many issues, such as guns and abortion.

He said he was changing his registration because “we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs,” arguing that the Democratic Party is a “bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution.”

Some political analysts have suggested Bloomberg could launch a 2020 presidential bid, but he did not say anything about plans to run for office.

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