The fact that they are meeting with one of America’s most fanatical anti-gun leaders to coordinate efforts tells us all we need to know about Obama’s gun plans.
Jim Messina, President Obama’s campaign manager who will chair the relaunched, tax-exempt version called “Organizing for Action,” visited New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s office at City Hall last week to coordinate the fight for gun control legislation, POLITICO has learned.
Aides to Bloomberg, one of the faces of gun control nationally, had already been working with Vice President Joe Biden’s task force on a gun control bill before it was recently unveiled.
But Messina spearheads Obama’s political arm, which has been established outside the boundaries of the Democratic National Committee and has listed gun control as one of its coming priorities, and Bloomberg has already made clear he’s willing to spend from his personal fortune as a counterbalance to the National Rifle Association.
The meeting took place late last week in the mayor’s “bullpen,” Bloomberg’s trademark walls-free office at City Hall downtown, although it wasn’t immediately clear whether the mayor was present. Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson and chief policy adviser John Feinblatt have handled the majority of the mayor’s gun control push in the last few years.