It wasn’t much, but it was at least a glimmer of hope for those few sad and misguided folks who wanted Michael Bloomberg to become President of the United States. Thankfully, and even for his supporters as one story reveals, that glimmer was quickly extinguished.
According to recent reports, Bloomberg has gone back on his promise to his campaign staff and has put many of those who worked for him in harm’s way. Yes, that is past tense, as in people who had once worked for the billionaire and former New York mayor.
That promise, according to our story, was one Bloomberg made to his campaign team. As the story stated, “Bloomberg originally lured staffers by promising they would be paid through November regardless of whether or not he won the Democratic presidential nomination.”
This was no small promise either. Citing the New York Times the story shared the details of employment which included “full health, dental and vision benefits…” which were promised through November of 2020. A promise that was broken.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic uncertainty, questions, and even fear might be expected. We have also witnessed all across the country acts of kindness, support, and refreshing ethics from companies in every industry. There are countless reports of employers promising to keep employees on and helping them – and delivering on those promises.
In light of this crisis, we also have seen the true colors of many people, like former Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg. Not only did Mr. Bloomberg use the virus as his reasoning for letting his staff go, but he also sent them out into the cold without so much as a coat to protect them.
An email sent by the Bloomberg camp read, “We’ve just become aware of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the office at 229 West 43rd Street impacting the 5th and 8th floor… .” The direction from Bloomberg’s team “…suggested employees work from home for their final days on the job.”
Those final days came quicker than anyone on team Bloomberg expected. What wasn’t unexpected, however, was the backlash from his staff and employees.
As one of those recently released staffers said via Twitter:
“Mike Bloomberg lured staffers to his campaign with the promise of employment through November, whether he dropped out or not. But he laid them all off. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, his former staffers are uninsured, waiting on the last paycheck, and bound by NDAs.”
In case you were wondering, the answer is no. No, this wasn’t Michael Bloomberg’s only option, it was simply the best option for him – professionally, politically, and financially. As our story went on to report, “Bloomberg’s action was a windfall for the Democratic National Committee, which will receive $18 million, according to NPR.”
He bought his way into the Democratic race, and he paid his way out.
That is $18 million that could have been used to keep his team employed in the role of supporting Bloomberg endorsed Joe Biden. If Bloomberg’s main goal was to defeat President Trump, then that would have made perfect sense. It just wasn’t the most beneficial plan for Mike, personally.
How many of those staffers are questioning their sanity now that the man they rallied behind has abandoned ship? And make no mistake, this wasn’t only Bloomberg abandoning ship but setting it afire right before he jumped to one of those inflatable safety boats sent by the DNC!
We might not know exactly what those folks are thinking but they certainly shared what they were feeling in tweets that sounded much like this one:
“I guess it’s cheaper to give the DNC 18 million than keep promises because @MikeBloomberg just fired his whole campaign staff – including those of us promised jobs through November on his IE. Disappointed I don’t have a job. Not surprised that a billionaire is cheating scum!”
If the COVID-19 pandemic really is the reason behind this move (it isn’t), then it makes Michael Bloomberg a questionable leader. What type of captain abandons his own ship? If the reasoning was motivated by money, then this is an indictment of character, because if money is all it takes to make a leader break his promise?
And just think, this guy wanted to be President!