Even Tom Ridge can't work with Bloomberg's anti-gun crusade
Former Pennsylvania governor and DHS secretary Tom Ridge is resigning from former New York city mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun organization. The GOP moderate was named to the advisory board of Everytown for Gun Safety just last week but suddenly realized that the anti-gun group wasn't going to be backing too many Republicans in November.
"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.”
Bloomberg, hoping to add prominent Republicans to his gun control effort, had appointed Ridge to serve on the advisory board of his Everytown for Gun Safety umbrella organization. The New York Times reported last week that Bloomberg, the former liberal mayor of New York City, plans to spend about $50 million dollars to challenge the National Rifle Association.
Ridge served as the first Secretary of Homeland Security appointed by former President George W. Bush.
Everytown released an ad on Friday that features survivors of gun violence attacking the NRA.
Ridge is an intelligent, thoughtful man but this was just stupid. Just who did he think, before he signed on, the group's "expected electoral support" would go to?
Perhaps Bloomberg should try Jon Huntsman. He has no qualms about trashing Republicans. Sounds like a perfect fit.