Did Bloomberg train TenHaken to be one of his campaign soldiers?

As I predicted a month ago, the National media is finally realizing the connection between Bloomberg’s presidential run and his city initiative that our city participated in;

Michael Bloomberg is relying on powerful city leaders as allies in his presidential campaign. Several have received grants, training and support packages totaling millions from his foundation.

Fortunately, Sioux Falls is NOT mentioned in the article. But don’t hold your breath.

As Mr. Bloomberg traverses the country as a presidential candidate, he is drawing on a vast network of city leaders whom he has funded as a philanthropist or advised as an elder statesman of municipal politics. Bloomberg Philanthropies, which has assets totaling $9 billion, has supported 196 different cities with grants, technical assistance and education programs worth a combined $350 million. Now, leaders in some of those cities are forming the spine of Mr. Bloomberg’s campaign: He has been endorsed so far by eight mayors — from larger cities like San Jose, Calif., and Louisville, Ky., and smaller ones like Gary, Ind., representing a total of more than 2.6 million Americans.

For all of those endorsers, Mr. Bloomberg has been an important benefactor. All have attended his prestigious boot camp at Harvard that gives the mayors access to ongoing strategic advice from Bloomberg-funded experts.

Now, some of the same people who aided these mayors from Mr. Bloomberg’s foundation are the ones asking for their political support. Mr. Anderson, who several mayors described as the most vital point of contact at Bloomberg Philanthropies, is now directing the campaign’s “Mayors for Mike” coalition.

And then there is this distinct thing going on, that I also warned about, using the same people who built the foundation to work on the campaign;

But Mr. Reich, the Stanford expert, was skeptical about the effect of logistical steps like separating email addresses. “It’s a detail that seems to miss the point of the exercise, which is to erect a wall between the activities of a philanthropist and the political interests of the donor,” he said.

So far, only a few of the mayors linked to Mr. Bloomberg’s foundation have actually endorsed his campaign. 

I knew it would only be a matter of time before the ‘network’ that was formed through the foundation would be used in his campaign. How long before TenHaken becomes a ‘Mayor for Mike’? No worries, he will probably vote for Trump anyway.


#1 "Very Stable Genius" on 12.15.19 at 6:23 pm

I still say that Bloomberg has less charisma, than a beige wall (Or, is that a taupe house?). So how can he ever get the nomination and or win?

Not all of the mayors will go along with this, too. Pauly seems to be a networker, but his partisan ties will limit his public acts and ambitions; especially, when it comes to reaching across the aisle.

But then again, I am not sure what Bloomberg is. Is he a Republican, an Independent, or a Democrat? I know he’s currently running as a Democrat, but Bloomberg’s politics, and even Pauly’s to lesser extend, speak to a oligarchical mentality and self-righteousness, which Pauly’s social media millennial mentality is a part of. So, to some degree there will always be a Mike and Paul connection, but it will never be so public as long as there is a partisan reality to it, however.

Perhaps, having Bloomberg as a current partisan is a good thing, though, so as to limit his oligarchical capabilities.

#2 l3wis on 12.15.19 at 6:30 pm

I know we are just under a year out to the next presidential election, but I do think Bloomberg will be our next president. Trust me, I’m not a fan. But I hate to say it, Warren and Sanders just won’t be able to get 50+1. I actually support Warren, and think she would do wonders for the economy, peace and diplomacy, and public health, but there are just too many people who still struggle with the social programs in our country, and the current ‘HOAX’ of a president isn’t helping. Bloomberg is a moderate, he has the war chest, and he built the network over years. While I am not a fan, I don’t think he would be a bad president. I mean, let’s look at the last few? How could you be worse?

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 12.15.19 at 11:38 pm

I am of the growing concern that Trump is going to be re-elected. His economy is going to blow, but not until after January of 2021. He may be running around 40% popularity, but in the states that matter, he’s running stronger. By March, the Democrats will hand Trump an other victory on the Senate side with how they are currently handling the impeachment proceedings. Trump will make sure that he has cut some kind of BS trade agreement with China by election time and some kind of BS arms negotiation with North Korea by then as well. If you look at Trump’s polling numbers they resemble the behaviorism of a Reagan, Clinton, or Bush43 presidency and not a Carter or Bush41 one. Brexit forewarned us of Trump and Boris Johnson’s re-election now forewarns us, I am afraid, of Trumps continuation. I am not saying Trump will win in a landslide, but I am afraid the dead hand control from the electoral college will continue to hand us an orange Trump, or is that a “White Trump,” for sometime longer….. #GodHelpUs

#4 Conservative Here on 12.16.19 at 11:18 am

Trump will win hands down, any takers on a bet. This is less about Trump and more about the Dems. The competition is horrible and Trump is going to slaughter then, no matter who they put in front. The Dems have went too far left, Warren and Sanders are examples.
Everyone knows govt sucks and most people just want to be left alone, we dont want Medicare for Illegals, thats just common sense but, EVERY Dem canidate raised their hands and said they would support that.
They are toast, we can debate it all day and we will never agree but, unless JFK reappears, its over!

I know you all lean left on this but, Obama was not good for us and folks remember that. The only reason he won a 2nd term was because Romney was so bad. His health care plan that he staked his election on was a bust.

If anyone wants a friendly wager, let me know. How about a round a beers or something. Either way one side is going to need a drink after the election, that much I am sure we can all agree on. Any takers, Scott!?!?! 🙂

#5 D@ily Spin on 12.16.19 at 4:42 pm

I wonder if TenHaken is getting a Trumpy Bear for Christmas.

#6 Sodbuster on 12.16.19 at 5:29 pm

PTH has little understanding of party politics. And that’s OK for a position that is designed as non partisan. His voting booth record was sketch enough that the Republican party wasn’t sure if he was one of them ! But his opponent was a known quantity and that pushed the R’s to adopt PTH whole cloth. PTH was a Bloomberg romantic before his election. Not that the R party would have cared to know but now it presents a sticky situation with Bloomberg identifying as an outright D, today. That fact alone validates PTH’ s shallow convictions and also sheds a vacuous light on the R party. Really not much there, there.

#7 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 12.18.19 at 2:01 am

I heard that before the tariffs, Trumpy Bears were manufactured in China, but now they are produced out of Mexico by workers from El Salvador; and for a extra $200, a porn star will deliver it to your door.

( – and Woodstock adds: “Yah, I give my uncle, who loves Trump, a Trump Chia Pet plant for Christmas”….”Then I left ‘Cheney instructions’ in the box on how to waterboard, I mean, water it”…..)