Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

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Bloomberg to headline fundraiser for Bredesen US Senate bid

October 03, 2018 - 6:14 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ex-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will headline a fundraiser for Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen's Tennessee U.S. Senate bid.

An invitation says the New York event for Bredesen next Tuesday costs $5,000, $2,700 or $1,000 per person. Bredesen faces Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

The Bloomberg fundraiser is drawing outcry from Republicans because the billionaire is a leading gun control advocate.

Bredesen has touted his ``A'' NRA rating as governor, though the NRA now says he's ``D'' rated. Bredesen disagrees with the NRA on issues like supporting universal background checks.

Bredesen campaign spokeswoman Alyssa Hansen responded by lamenting negative ads from Blackburn and GOP-friendly groups. Democratic interests are likewise spending big to attack Blackburn.

Blackburn drew President Donald Trump to Tennessee for a fundraiser Monday at $10,000 or $25,000 per couple and a public rally.