The leader of a grassroots progressive group today called out Democratic congressional candidate Stephanie Schmid for her endorsement of Michael Bloomberg for president.
“With a well-known record of perpetuating poverty and inequality as both a public figure and business leader, Bloomberg is a long-time conservative plutocrat and the epitome of what’s wrong with our democracy, where money and corporations seek to circumvent the primary process and votes of average Americans,” said Our Revolution-Monmouth chair Anna-Marta Visky, who said her organization was “extremely disappointed” in Schmid.
Visky said she was bothered by Bloomberg’s “stop and frisk” policies while serving as mayor of New York City, and his opposition to increasing the minimum wage.
“We can’t overlook the fact that Ms. Schmid, while running on a platform of defending women’s rights, is supporting a candidate who is facing nearly 40 gender-based discrimination lawsuits,” she said.
Schmid is one of three candidates seeking to oppose Republican Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) in New Jersey’s 4th district.
Visky said most members of her organization were supporting Jim Keady for the Democratic nomination before his withdrawal last month. She said Our Revolution-Monmouth is meeting next week to discuss endorsements.
Schmid is unlikely to get their backing.
“She never asked for our endorsement to begin with,” Visky told the New Jersey Globe.
Democratic congressional candidate David Applefield says he was surprised by Schmid’s decision to endorse Bloomberg.
“I thought she was someone who prided herself on being a progressive,” Applefield told the New Jersey Globe. “She’s made a bunch of comments about supporting old white guys, so I guess she’s had a change of heart.
Visky said that in a Democratic field that ranges from social-Democrat to center-right moderate, “to endorse the billionaire former Republican who is attempting to buy his way to the nomination is short-sighted and opportunistic.
“We need to do better than to protect the existing status quo where a privileged few control our elections,” Visky said. “We strongly object to this endorsement.”
Schmid also faces Christine Conforti, a former United Nations staffer, in the Democratic primary.