New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is throwing his support behind Sen. Scott Brown’s bid for reelection, giving a boost to the Massachusetts Republican who faces a fierce opponent in Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Bloomberg will host a fundraiser for Brown on Aug. 15, according to an invitation first reported by Politico.
Brown, who swept into office in 2010 as a darling of the tea party movement, has carefully cast himself as a centrist senator who isn’t afraid to buck the party establishment. It’s an image that should help his efforts to defeat Harvard law professor Warren, who is hoping to return to Democratic control the seat that was held for decades by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Bloomberg’s support could help cement that image: The New York mayor is a Republican-leaning independent who is known for making the Republican Party uncomfortable. He’s made headlines most recently with calls for immigration reform, gun control and an initiative to ban the sale of enormous sugar-sweetened beverages.
It’s not the first time Bloomberg has weighed in on the fate of the Massachusetts Senate seat. In 2009, he backed Democrat Alan Khazei, who lost the Democratic primary to Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general who was defeated by Brown.