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Former Massachusetts Secretary of State Michael Connolly Backing Mike Bloomberg

February 25, 2020

Michael Connolly, who as Massachusetts Secretary of State was once one of a handful of prominent state officials who identified as pro-life, is backing former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg for president.

Connolly attended a Bloomberg event at Carrie Nation Restaurant and Cocktail Club on Beacon Street near Tremont Street in Boston on Tuesday, February 25, according to State House News Service.

Connolly, a Democrat, said he is “150 percent” behind Bloomberg and that Bloomberg is “head and shoulders above the field,” according to State House News Service.

Bloomberg features his no-exceptions support for abortion in some of his many campaign ads. Bloomberg has released a multi-step plan to ensure that abortion remains legal and is publicly funded.

Connolly acknowledged that Bloomberg got manhandled by Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren during the Democratic presidential debate in Nevada on Wednesday, February 19. Warren among other things castigated Bloomberg for referring to some women as “fat broads” and “horse-faced lesbians” during his time running his company in Manhattan, and Bloomberg offered no response. Warren and Bernie Sanders also hit Bloomberg for being a billionaire.

Connolly said he expects better from Bloomberg during the Democratic debate Tuesday, February 25.

“He took a beating. Nobody’s making any excuses other than the fact that he should have been better prepared, but the cream will rise to the top. There isn’t any question in my mind in this debate tonight and as this moves on that he’ll do much better. He’s a guy with a soul on the one hand and he’s proven himself at every level,” Bloomberg said, according to State House News Service.

Warren last week asked Bloomberg if he would dispense with confidentiality agreements with former female employees who sued him for sexual harassment so people can hear their side of the story, and Bloomberg said he would not.

Bloomberg is pitching himself as a no-nonsense centrist with business expertise who can take on President Donald Trump by appealing to a broad swath of the American electorate, as opposed to lefter-tilting candidates like Sanders and Warren.

Connolly acknowledged that Democrats are flailing, and he predicted that if Bloomberg doesn’t win the Democratic nomination, then President Trump will win re-election.

“If he is nominated, we shall win. And if not, lights out,” Connolly said, according to State House News Service.

Connolly, 72, served as Massachusetts Secretary of State from 1979 to 1994. He is the husband of a retired district court judge and the father of former Boston mayoral candidate John Connolly, who lost to current Mayor Marty Walsh in 2013.

Michael Connolly, while serving as Secretary of State, ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in 1984. During a debate among Democratic candidates in Fitchburg on Saturday, February 18, 1984, Connolly (sitting next to then-Congressman Ed Markey) said:  “I see abortion as a destruction of human life and I can’t vote for government funding for abortions,” according to a news story in the Sunday, February 19, 1984 issue of The Boston Globe.

Images from that news story from 36 years ago are below:

 

 

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