This is now the second time in just the past few days he’d been caught red-handed using New York City resources on his fanatical anti-gun obsession. Of course he and his slippery minions are denying they’re doing anything wrong, but we recommend more of the media do their jobs and get to the bottom of this.
Mayor Bloomberg is spending city cash and resources on his pet project to toughen US gun laws through his national organization, The Post has learned.
City employee Christopher Kocher was sent to Nevada as a representative of Mayors Against Illegal Guns to lobby for a bill that enforces background checks on all firearm sales in that state.
But Kocher, who works as a special counsel to the mayor’s office, apparently didn’t want his role to be known and scrubbed his City Hall e-mail address from the state of Nevada lobbying-registration Web site early this month.
Gee, it’s as if he’s got something to hide there, huh?
“It doesn’t seem kosher to me,” said Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group.
“It’s hard to see how gun control in Nevada makes the city safer in New York.”
It doesn’t, of course.
Sources say MAIG staffers are using the ninth floor of the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services at 253 Broadway to advance the causes of the mayor’s fund.
Domain names for the group’s Web site were registered by the New York City Department of Information and Technology, Politico reported last week. The sites have remained on official city Web servers since 2006.
With all due respect, it wasn’t Politico that first reported the story. Can’t they give credit where it’s due, to the guy who broke the story? Anyway, some suggest Bloomberg is just being sloppy. It’s more like supremely arrogant.
But political insiders can’t understand why Bloomberg would use city resources to advance his interests when he has near-unlimited personal wealth on this issue.
“With Bloomberg, one of his strengths is that, because money is no object, he could just go rent office space,” a city lobbyist said.“It seems like they’re being sloppy.”
Update: John Ekdahl digs a little more.