- Kelly Mehlenbacher, a key Kamala Harris campaign operative, has broken ranks.
- She’ll now be assisting Michael Bloomberg’s upstart presidential bid.
- Bloomberg is betting that he can buy his way to the Democratic nomination.
The already-struggling Kamala Harris presidential campaign has little to be thankful for this week. Amidst declining polling and weak fundraising efforts, key staffers have left the campaign. Kelly Mehlenbacher is the latest, resigning reportedly due to frustrations over the Harris campaign’s direction. Michael Bloomberg seized the opportunity and quickly hired Mehlenbacher to be his deputy chief operating officer.
This is the latest move for the former New York City mayor, who officially entered the race this week:
This puts Bloomberg at a disadvantage, as he already missed the first five Democratic presidential debates. He also conceded that he won’t be competitive in the first primaries in Iowa or New Hampshire. Instead, he’s unleashing an unprecedented deluge of campaign cash to catch up in later states.
Will Bloomberg’s Billions Win Over Voters?
Michael Bloomberg’s Mehlenbacher hire is a solid choice. She worked in the Obama administration and then was treasurer for the Hillary Clinton 2016 presidential run. Bloomberg has brought in a seasoned political operative to show that his campaign isn’t just a novelty bid; he’s in it to win.
And voters will soon be hearing from Bloomberg incessantly. He’s already bought more than $13 million in television ads for the Super Tuesday states, outstripping the combined spending of all the other candidates on those races put together. Hopefully, he tries using his rudimentary Spanish again in ads to win over Latino voters.
In any case, it’s a huge test for Democratic primary votes. Leading candidates such as Elizabeth Warren have strongly rejected the role of corporate money in influencing…