Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and possible presidential candidate, plans three days of South Florida political stops

Michael Bloomberg, former New York mayor and possible presidential candidate, plans three days of South Florida political stops

Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York and a possible 2020 presidential candidate, plans a long weekend of political activity in South Florida.

On Friday, he’ll be in Coral Springs, for a gun control rally.

On Saturday, he’ll be in West Palm Beach, helping the Palm Beach County Democratic Party raise money.

On Sunday, he’ll be in Pembroke Pines, touting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum to Jewish voters.

Undergirding everything is 2020.

Bloomberg, who built an eponymous financial information company before becoming mayor, told the New York Times last month that he’s thinking about running for the Democratic nomination for president.

With an estimated net worth of $51.8 billion, Bloomberg is No. 10 on the Forbes list of billionaires.

President Donald Trump’s estimated net worth is $3.1 billion, putting him far below Bloomberg, at No. 259 on the Forbes list.

South Florida is potentially friendly territory for Bloomberg. The region is called the sixth borough (an addition to the official ones, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, that compose the city).

Bloomberg’s multiple stops will give him lots of exposure and build political chits if he decides to run.

One of Bloomberg’s central issues is gun violence. He’s the founder and major funder of the group Everytown for Gun Safety. He’s also pledged $80 million to flip the House of Representatives this fall to the Democratic Party, hoping to get movement on the gun issue.

On Friday, Bloomberg will join Fred Guttenberg and Manuel Oliver, parents of two of the 17 people killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, at a gun violence prevention event at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.

“Michael Bloomberg has been a leader on gun safety,” said Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed at the Parkland school. “ I am thankful for his desire to come down here and hear our story.”

Bloomberg is the keynote speaker at the Palm Beach County Democratic Party’s annual Truman-Kennedy-Johnson fundraising dinner Saturday night.

On Sunday, he’ll join Gillum and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston, at an event in her district.

The two prominent Jewish political figures will advocate for Gillum at the Century Pines Jewish Center at Century Village in Pembroke Pines. Republicans have been attempting to sow doubt about Gillum among Jewish voters, an important Democratic Party constituency.

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