You didn’t think wealthy Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg came to Oakland just to enjoy a cup of coffee, did you?
Bloomberg visited Oakland last Friday and met with Mayor Libby Schaaf. Television camera crews and journalists walked with them as they strolled through downtown Oakland.
Exactly what Bloomberg expected from the conversation is unclear. But if he was seeking the popular East Bay mayor’s endorsement for president, he didn’t succeed.
“As one mayor to another, I respect Mike Bloomberg and his platform for our country. He cares deeply about our cities and supports bold initiatives, including innovative programs in Oakland,” Schaaf said.
“As he well knows, I’ve decided not to endorse any candidate during the primary, but rather focus on unifying around the Democratic nominee – and the ultimate goal of beating Trump.”
Schaaf’s decision to rally around the party’s eventually nominee follows a few rounds of wooing by several big-name candidates in the still large field of Democratic presidential hopefuls.
Schaaf’s endorsement became up-for-grabs after Sen. Kamala Harris dropped out of the race on Dec. 3. Schaaf was an early endorser of Harris’ campaign and introduced the candidate at her well-attended kick-off event in Oakland a year ago.