The full coalition members roster is no longer posted on the Mayors Against Illegal Guns website, and the disappearance happened right after Gun Rights Examiner questioned why Michael Bloomberg was still listed for New York City and pointed out that successor Bill de Blasio had not yet committed to joining the group.
There’s no argument that it could just be a coincidence, and that the site could be undergoing upgrades, but the timing certainly seems open to question. The roster was present on the site on Saturday, when this column pointed out hostility between the former mayor and his replacement (a screenshot was included to show the segment of the New York roster still featuring Bloomberg), and by Monday, the first workday after that column was published, the drop down menu to identify members by state and city had disappeared from the coalition page. Four days later, at this writing, that roster is still not re-posted, and while it’s possible updating the website is not a priority, it’s also possible the removal was directed.
There is no love lost between the two. Bloomberg had criticized de Blasio’s campaign as “racist,” and de Blasio “made a winning campaign out of tarnishing Bloomberg's legacy.” So the new mayor’s conspicuous absence from the MAIG roster, along with press accounts to show he has not made joining a priority, leads to fair speculation that he might be intentionally, perhaps permanently holding out. The equally anti-gun de Blasio might prefer to head up his own efforts as opposed to following Bloomberg’s lead, and he might even want to stick it to a man he doesn’t like by withdrawing the coalition’s flagship city.
It could be, as the Brady Campaign found out when his hatchet man slapped them down over who had claim to using anti-gun celebrities, that Bloomberg will find the biggest impediment to his assuming command of the “gun control” movement is people with egos as big as his having good reasons to personally detest him. Perhaps that will prove to be his Achilles Heel.
Or, perhaps, shortly after this column is published, the website will restore the coalition members roster. And perhaps it will show Bill de Blasio as a supportive new member.
If it does not, perhaps some “Authorized Journalists” will notice and ask “Why?”
Or, based on their past performance, perhaps not...
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