Englewood mayor Michael Wildes has endorsed Michael Bloomberg for the Democratic presidential nomination.
“Michael Bloomberg brings a blend of pragmatism and progressive thinking to the table, along with a record of success to prove the worth of his policies,” said Wildes. “While mayor of New York City, as well as in the corporate and philanthropic world, Michael Bloomberg has constantly sought innovation and new ideas in his endeavors, and he recognizes that fair and open immigration practices help to drive America’s creative engines with talent and insight from around the world.”
Wildes’ ties to the Trump family didn’t hurt him among Democrats in 2018, when he ran off the line in the Democratic mayoral primary and defeated the organization choice, Democratic municipal chairman Phil Meisner, by a 2-1 margin.
He had served as Mayor from 2004 to 2010.
His endorsement allows Bloomberg to take a prodigious Democratic fundraiser off the table for the remainder of the 2020 campaign. Wildes raised money for Hillary Clinton’s U.S. Senate and presidential campaigns, and for Barack Obama’s presidential bids.
It was not unusual to have major political figures, including former president Bill Clinton, show up at Wildes’ Englewood home to raise money.
“We are extremely excited to have the support of Mayor Wildes, he is a true leader, dedicated public servant and a tremendous voice for justice,” said Bloomberg state director Michael Muller. “Mike Bloomberg and Mayor Wildes both recognize the value immigrants bring to our communities and we look forward to having the mayor on our team as we work to bring that message across New Jersey and fight for a better future for all.”
Wildes has $804,864 in a federal campaign account awaiting the retirement of Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-Paterson) or other political opportunities.
AsMelania Trump’s immigration lawyer, Wildes found himself in the center of a national media firestorm during the 2016 presidential campaign, when Trump was accused of illegally working as a model in the United States. He released a letter attesting to her legal immigration status.
A year later, Wildes went on television to slam Trump’s immigration ban.
Wildes represented Amalija and Viktor Knavs, the president’s in-laws, in their bid for U.S. citizenship. Wildes also represented them in their bid for a family visa through the sponsorship of the First Lady, one of the family visa categories President Trump opposes.
Over the last few weeks, Bloomberg has won endorsements from Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-Montclair), Paterson mayor Andre Sayegh, Clinton mayor Janice Kovach, and Millville mayor Michael Santiago.