© 2021 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
News

Bloomberg Opens Columbus Office, Picks Up Stinziano Endorsement

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to campaign workers and supporters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.
Jim Mone
/
AP
Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to campaign workers and supporters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020.

Michael Bloomberg opened up a Columbus campaign office Saturday. The former New York City mayor also picked up a local endorsement before the South Side event.

Franklin County Auditor Michael Stinziano announced he would be backing Bloomberg’s presidential bid.  In a press release issued by the campaign, Stinziano cited the candidate’s ideas on jobs, climate change and affordable housing.

“When it comes creating jobs, improving healthcare and safety and battling the global climate crisis, Mike has proved he can get it done,” Stinziano said. “His plans are thoughtful, smart steps to bring prosperity to Columbus and other cities and towns across America.”

Stinziano, a Democrat from Columbus, previously served as President Pro Tempore on Columbus City Council and as a state representative. His father, Mike Stinziano, served for many years in the state legislature as well.

Bloomberg wasn't on hand for the office opening, but he visited Columbus in December after attending an opioids roundtable in Chillicothe.

His campaign has taken the unusual step of eschewing the televised presidential debates, and effectively skipping the first four states to cast ballots. Instead, the Bloomberg campaign has focused much of its attention on the 14 so-called Super Tuesday states, which hold their elections on March 3.

Stinziano admits the approach is "unorthodox."

"But it's one that shows smarts in terms of where the votes for the nomination lie," Stinziano says. "The impact that's going to happen in March is significantly greater for the nomination than through February.  Where Iowa and New Hampshire are important, that doesn't represent Ohio voices."
 
More than a third of Democratic delegates will be awarded based on the Super Tuesday contests. Ohio's  primary election will be held two weeks later on March 17, which is also St. Patrick's Day.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Bloomberg was the first 2020 presidential candidate to open an office in Columbus. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren had already opened an office in the city.