Former NYC mayor David Dinkins endorses Bloomberg for president

David Caplan
February 25, 2020 - 8:06 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Former New York City mayor David Dinkins, the city's first black mayor, has endorsed fellow former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg for president, his campaign announced Tuesday. 

The endorsement comes just days away from the Democratic presidential primary in South Carolina, which has a very large black electorate. 

“Mike and I share core values of inclusion, fairness, a commitment to strengthening our communities, and supporting the least among us,” Dinkins, 92, said in a statement released by the Bloomberg campaign. “Being mayor of New York is the second-hardest job in the country. Mike and I know the challenges of governing a major metropolis unlike any other city in the world."

Dinkins continued, “As mayor, Mike brought all New Yorkers together after the 9/11 attacks, no matter their background, race or religion. He led the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan and then guided the city through the Great Recession. He fought to get guns off our streets, strengthened our public schools, created nearly half a million jobs and expanded job training programs for our most vulnerable youth."

Bloomberg called Mr. Dinkins a “a great New Yorker and a great American — a decorated veteran, a trailblazing public servant, and a man of integrity and dignity” who “knows what it takes to lead on issues Democrats care most about.”