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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07:  Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York City speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for The Robin Hood Foundation)
Looks like New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I. NY) is looking to make Senator Marky Pryor's (D. AR) life a living Hell:

http://www.nationaljournal.com/...

Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns, the well-funded group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is seriously considering a months-long television, radio and direct-mail campaign against Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor, one of four Democrats who opposed expanding a background check for guns.

The goal: Make an example of him.

Senior members of Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns met at length Sunday to debate potential responses to the failure of President Obama’s gun regulation package, including a watered-down background check provision that fell five votes short.

In addition to Pryor, three Democratic senators abandoned Obama: Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. The group discussed targeting two of those senators: Pryor and Baucus, according to a senior official involved in the talks, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Unlike the others who face election in 2014, Heitkamp was just elected to a six-year term. Begich was considered more secure politically than Pryor and Baucus, and thus a less attractive target. Baucus announced Tuesday that he will not seek re-election. - National Journal, 4/23/13

And what doe Bloomberg have in mind for Pryor?

http://news.yahoo.com/...

The broader goal of the Bloomberg group is to provide a political counterweight to the National Rifle Association which has had virtually unmitigated influence over Congress since 1994, when Democrats lost control of the House and blamed then-President Clinton’s assault-weapons ban.

The Bloomberg group is mulling a variety of messages and methods for Arkansas. One approach would be to target reliable Democratic voters, including African Americans, with advertising that calls out Pryor for “opposing the president’s agenda,” the official said. Another would be to expand the campaign to suburban women and other moderates.The campaign might not be limited to the issue of guns.

“Money would not be an object,” the official said, adding that a decision on whether to target Pryor would come soon and that action against other Democrats is still possible.

The son of a popular former senator, Pryor is a brand name in Arkansas who nonetheless faces a tough re-election. The Democratic bench in Arkansas is shallow, which limits Bloomberg’s ability to impact the Democratic primary.

The risk to Democrats is that Bloomberg’s money could weaken Pryor for the general election, tipping the race to the GOP. On the general notion of sending Pryor a message, liberal columnist Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times recently wrote, “It will mean electing someone who is even worse on guns and just about everything else, most likely the Club for Growth's emissary to Arkansas, Tom Cotton."

Brantley noted in an interview that Pryor supported Obamacare. On gun control, the veteran columnist said, “Democrats aren’t that much different than Republicans in Arkansas.” - Yahoo News, 4/23/113

Bloomberg's potential campaign against Pryor is either going to hurt his chances of re-election or help improve his chances of re-election.  I wrote about how Bloomberg's campaign to get Democrats like Pryor on board for gun control may not be working out the way he intended:

http://www.dailykos.com/...

So I'll be looking forward to see what Bloomberg's next move will be.  With Baucus retiring, Heitkamp not up for re-election and Begich being viewed as not a top target, Bloomberg's eyes are all set on Pryor now.

Originally posted to pdc on Wed Apr 24, 2013 at 01:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Repeal or Amend the Second Amendment (RASA) and Shut Down the NRA.

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