Bloomberg’s “Everytown” Loses High Profile Advisor Just Days After Launch of Group
Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has already lost a high profile advisor to the anti-gun group, and it was one that Bloomberg was hoping would bring some moderates and conservatives into the mix – former Republican Governor Tom Ridge.
According to statement’s made by Ridge’s spokesperson to the Daily Caller,
“When I signed on as an advisor to Everytown, I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Ridge told The Daily Caller in a statement, through a spokesman.
“After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work,” Ridge said. “Therefore, we have decided that we will pursue this issue in our separate spheres.”
The Everytown group was announced earlier this month by the billionaire former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.
Everytown for Gun Safety is the third financially backed anti-gun group by Bloomberg (the first two being Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense).
Bloomberg calls the new initiative a “grassroots” organization, but it is controlled and funded at the national level by Bloomberg, who is using $50 million of his own money to seed the operation (sounds just like a grassroots organization to me).
The group has already face additional setbacks in addition t Ridge’s departure, including failing to initially secure the domain names and social media accounts for the group. The NRA has also launched several direct campaigns and membership drives using Bloomberg’s new group as its motivation.