Ex-NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg implies Pueblo and Colorado Springs don't have roads

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Michael Bloomberg during a 2010 appearance in Denver.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a big fan of gun-control measures passed in Colorado following the Aurora theater shooting. But he just handed opponents of the laws an easy way to dismiss him as an out-of-touch elitist unfamiliar with the West. To whit: In a just-published interview, Bloomberg implied that Colorado Springs and Pueblo are so rural they don't have roads.

See also: John Morse, Angelo Giron recalled: Celebrating conservatives, lamenting progressives

First, some background: Bloomberg, a billionaire who left the NYC mayor's office at the end of 2013, has been among the most vocal members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that's spent years pushing for gun-control legislation. In this context, he met with Stephen Barton, who was in the Aurora's Century 16 theater during the July 2012 attack there. Barton -- who just happened to grow up ten minutes from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where a mass shooting killed 26 people, twenty of them children -- became a gun-control advocate after suffering 25 wounds spread across his face, neck, chest, shoulder, forearm and both hands.

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A Facebook photo of Stephen Barton meeting with Bloomberg.
Following the passage of Colorado gun-control laws regarding background checks and more, opponents of the measure targeted Senator John Morse, from Colorado Springs, and Representative Angela Giron, out of Pueblo, for recall -- and both were ultimately voted out of office despite financial support from Bloomberg and associates.

The mayor alludes to these defeats in a Q&A with Rolling Stone magazine. Here's the key excerpt:

n Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I'm sorry for that. We tried to help 'em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you're saving a lot of lives.
No surprise that the last part of Bloomberg's message has gotten lost in the misinformation that preceded it. To put it mildly, Colorado Springs and Pueblo aren't road-free zones. Colorado Springs is listed as the 41st largest city in the United States, with a population approaching a half-million, and while Pueblo is smaller (its number 259 on the roster), more than 100,000 people call it home. That may seem like Podunkville to Bloomberg, but not to the vast majority of Americans who live west of the Hudson.

No surprise that conservatives in Colorado are now gleefully treating Bloomberg like a piñata. Colorado Peak Politics writes:

This isn't about technicalities. This is about a mindset. Michael Bloomberg, with his nannystate ways, thinks he knows better than Coloradans, and this statement proves that he has no idea what he's talking about when it comes to Colorado. Even worse is his condescension of the will of the voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The recalled Senators represented the worst in our legislative system -- members who placed the priorities of special interests before the will of the very people they were meant to represent.
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A screen capture of gubernatorial hopeful Bob Beauprez.
Also getting into the act is Republican candidate for governor Bob Beauprez, who said, "Michael Bloomberg's infuriatingly ignorant remarks show how far removed he is from Colorado, and how wrong John Hickenlooper was to let Bloomberg force his radical agenda on Colorado. It's pathetic a New York City Mayor had more influence in our governor's office than our state's sheriffs" -- many of whom filed a thus-far unsuccessful lawsuit intended to invalidate the gun-control laws Bloomberg touts.

Beauprez should have said one more thing to Bloomberg: "Thank you."

By the way, Politico reported that Rolling Stone pulled the Bloomberg article after the hubbub, then added an update that the piece had accidentally been published early and would be live again on Monday. However, it's currently online. To read the piece in its entirety, click here.

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Suzanne Houston Nash
Suzanne Houston Nash

Bloomberg`s the same idiot who wanted to ban 16 ounce soda? Nah, he`s not out of touch.

Marisa Varallo
Marisa Varallo

Unfortunately, I think many New Yorkers think that way about almost any place outside of NYC.

Philip Falco
Philip Falco

Big Gulp should be illegal in Colorado /s/ Michael Bloomberg

Chris Heller
Chris Heller

Please they have massive subdivisions that would make any 'Longislander' feel at home.

Sammy River
Sammy River

And Chris' ideas will put us back in the Socialist Age.

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

The money he is spending on anti-gun laws would be many times more effective at preventing gun crime and violent crime overall if he would give it to education, health care and social services for disadvantaged youth. He wants to stop bad people from getting guns, but he could do that far more effectively by creating a world in which fewer people go bad in the first place. Further more, pro-gun people and organizations like the NRA only have to spend money on pro-gun lobbying because they feel they have to counter the effects of anti-gun spending. That effectively means that every dollar spent on anti-gun lobbying drains even more resources that could go towards helping others in more meaningful ways.

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

I agree, their stupid superstitions are still in the Bronze Age. Fuck Focus on the Family

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

In his defense, the springs is so ass backwards with their stupid religion, it is like going back in time.

Larry Rios
Larry Rios

Fuck those places, we saved denver. We are not about to save those shit, wastes of space, pieces of trash

Lane Trujillo
Lane Trujillo

Exactly why he should stay out of politics in our state. He has zero clue what is happening, what we represent or what we want.

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

not really. people that own guns will own guns. people that buy into the liberal myth that it's the NRA members shooting people in chicago every weekend will still buy into that myth. he's flushing money down the drain. he could take that money and give it to cities to hire more cops, but... no... use it for liberal hysteria instead.

Dan Scott
Dan Scott

Wait, you mean they really do have roads? Who knew?

Esteban Mainzer
Esteban Mainzer

and THIS guy is taking on the national rifle association. good luck, liberals.

Jonathan Piecoach
Jonathan Piecoach

Colorado Springs did go without street lights for quiet some time and is the HQ of Focus on the Family. They have roads but....

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Just shows the shit lies that pour out of the idiots face!

payoff
payoff

Would have been better if the quote was quoted, or if it was, to put it in a big call out box. NO PAYOFF.

Jeff Bordner
Jeff Bordner

NYC on the other hand has plenty of roads. Roads to corruption, which he's ventured down for years.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Are they isolating Co. Sp. to isolate the outbreak of Cranial fecesitis, commonly called Romnesia?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hoplosexuals would rather have their precious pistols than paved roads.


Priorities!



RecallHickenlooper
RecallHickenlooper

Actually, what Bloomberg really meant was that the the voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo were 'stupid' to oppose his plans for gun confiscation. Hence, the only people who could have possibly voted for a recall live in places with 'no roads'. Spoken like a true out-of-touch Washington elitist..

BrainWashedAtBirth
BrainWashedAtBirth

It's pathetic that a wealthy elitist New York City Mayor with a trove of armed bodyguards had more influence in our governor's office than our state's sheriffs or the voters who actually live and pay taxes here.......Hickenlooper needs to GO!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

You may be right about that, Marisa. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Thanks for sharing your views, A Chris. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Quite a post, Chris. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Passionate post, Lane. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Succinct and to the point. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Esteban.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay


Well stinky, as a homosexual, I'm surprised you are so intolerant of "other-sexuals".  


You prefer dirt roads, don't you stinky.   

shorttermhousing
shorttermhousing

@BrainWashedAtBirth Except that try as he might, he doesn't have influence. You read the article, right? The state senators he supported were recalled and lost.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@fishingblues "Well stinky, as a homosexual, I'm surprised you are so intolerant of "other-sexuals"


So you've finally come out of the closet, eh fishy?



RecallHickenlooper
RecallHickenlooper

@shorttermhousing @BrainWashedAtBirth Hickenlooper happily signed the anti-gun legislation that Bloomberg crafted for him into law. He also stated he would do it again. Sounds like Bloomberg had 'plenty' of influence here to me. Let's not forget that Udall has also signed onto numerous Bloomberg crafted bills that seek to remove guns from the general population.....

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