Bloomberg: "I Have Earned My Place in Heaven"

Bloomberg: "I Have Earned My Place in Heaven"
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg isn’t sure if there’s an afterlife. But if there is, he believes he’s going to Heaven. 

“I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to Heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed,” he told the New York Times, citing his work on gun control, obesity, and anti-smoking laws. “I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in Heaven. It’s not even close.” 

The comments came in an article about Bloomberg’s new $50 million effort to counter the National Rifle Association. The new spending is Bloomberg’s “first major political investment since leaving office,” according to the Times. By comparison, the NRA spends about $20 million on political activities annually. 

The money will be spent forming a political network that organizes and motivates pro-gun control voters (and tries to punish elected officials who work against that agenda). Bloomberg said that gun control advocates have to make their opponents "afraid of us.” 

The former mayor’s new group will focus on “the often-unseen field operations that have been effective for groups like the NRA in driving single-issue, like-minded voters to the polls,” and not television ads, the Times report indicated. It’s a new strategy for the billionaire, who has already spent millions of dollars advocating gun control without any major legislative accomplishments. 

His $50 million commitment may grow over time, as well. Asked about spending more, he casually described other political donations and added, “Let’s see what happens.”

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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