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Former Bloomberg Aide: Contested 2020 Dem Convention Benefits Ex-NYC Mayor

"That kind of scenario probably benefits ... someone like Mike," Bradley Tusk said.

By NTK Staff | 10.16.2018 @3:00pm
Former Bloomberg Aide: Contested 2020 Dem Convention Benefits Ex-NYC Mayor

Bradley Tusk, the former campaign manager for billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg, told the NTK Network in an interview that he thinks a contested 2020 Democratic convention, going multiple ballots, would benefit Bloomberg if he decides to run for president.

Tusk spoke to NTK Network about his new book, “The Fixer,” an autobiography about Tusk’s life as a Democratic operative-turned-venture capitalist.

In the book, Tusk discussed how close Bloomberg was to actually running as an independent candidate for president in 2016, before ultimately deciding against it.

In “The Fixer,” Tusk also crossed paths with possible 2020 hopefuls Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City) and Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY).

Among that crowd, Tusk said he believed that Bloomberg, a former New York City mayor, would have the best chance to win the Democratic Party’s 2020 primary “because of his credibility, his ability, [and] his resources so vastly outstrip the other two.”

Tusk added that if Bloomberg decides to run in 2020 he would be “a serious player,” noting that that’s simply his personality and approach.

In the current Democratic Party, however, where democratic socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are becoming the new faces of the party, it’s “a fair question” whether “a 76-year-old billionaire can be elected,” he said.

When asked whether Tusk thinks a large Democratic field would help Bloomberg in 2020, given his immense resources, Tusk said that it would allow Bloomberg to “stay in ‘til the convention.”

“If he wanted to stay in there ‘til the very end, he could,” Tusk said. “If Bernie Sanders were the nominee, or at least heading toward the nomination, and the economy starts really tanking, you can see a scenario where the party says, ‘We’re going to get killed in the general election with this guy. We got to figure something out.'”

Tusk admitted that speculating on the convention this far in advance wasn’t beneficial, given how much could change between now and July 2020.

When asked about the possibility of the Democratic convention going to multiple ballots, Tusk said that scenario could benefit Bloomberg.

“That kind of scenario probably benefits the candidate that everyone could at least agree is honest, and smart, and competent, and independent. Someone like Mike’s profile probably does well in that kind of scenario,” Tusk said.

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