Mayors London Breed of San Francisco, Sam Liccardo of San Jose, and Michael Tubbs of Stockton have all endorsed Michael Bloomberg for President, despite minimal support among their constituents for his candidacy, according to The Guardian:
Thereâ€™s nothing surprising about a billionaire winning the support of the mayor of San Francisco, a city flush with tech wealth and new money.
But when the billionaire is Mike Bloomberg â€“ and the endorsement is the latest from a string of California mayors he mentored and supported â€“ the vow of support raises some eyebrows.
Bloomberg announced on Thursday that London Breed, San Franciscoâ€™s first black female mayor, would serve as his campaignâ€™s chair of African Americans.
â€œVoters re-elected London Breed by a wide margin because she is taking on the biggest and toughest issues â€“ and she puts progress over politics,â€ the former New York mayor said in a statement. â€œIâ€™m honored to have her support and look forward to working with her not only to win this election, but to help make San Francisco and all of California stronger, fairer, and greener â€“ with more affordable housing, more good jobs, and healthcare for all.â€
Breed, who previously supported the California Senator Kamala Harris in the Democratic race for the presidential nomination, said on Facebook that she is backing Bloomberg because he â€œis the only candidate for president with a real plan for African Americansâ€, touting his Greenwood Initiative to increase black home ownership and the number of black-owned businesses.
All three mayors have attended Bloomberg's Harvard City Leadership Initiative program. Bloomberg was the first choice of only two percent of California Democrats in a December University of Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll. He has spent $24 million on political ads in California (all other candidates have spent $5 million) and is skipping early primary states to focus on California and other Super Tuesday states.