If we were to make a list of all the things Mayor Bloomberg hates, Manhattan federal Judge Shira Scheindlin may actually come out just on top of reporters, bathroom breaks, and the air-conditioned masses. Scheindlin of course is the judge who ruled in August that the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk is unconstitutional. Bloomberg has been fighting the ruling to no avail, and yesterday he put a lot of blame on her for the recent rise in gun violence.
“There’s been a blip—maybe it’s just a blip, maybe it’s a trend—in terms of shootings going up in the last few weeks, he said during his weekly radio appearance on WOR. "What are you gonna say if you’re the judge to any kid that gets killed after this?"
Bloomberg then attacked her more directly: “She’s one of the most...reversed judges around, and the next mayor, I just think, has a moral responsibility to let the appeals court decide what’s right,” he said. “You can’t sit here and say, ‘Oh, she’s right.’ Based on her record, there’s an awful lot of reason to believe she would be overturned. And based on the common sense! This gets worse every single day.”
He also attacked her for advocating an Academic Advisory Council to oversee the NYPD: “Here we have a judge who is trying to take over the Police Department. She now has appointed a panel of academics to run this. This is not a cute thing to play with. We are talking about people’s lives,” he said.
Charles Rangel slammed Bloomberg for his often contradictory and false comments on stop-and-frisk: “The things that he said in the closing days of the campaign, it seems like there’s a Jekyll and Hyde there,” the Harlem congressman told the Daily News Friday. “It’s so incompatible with decency.”
These weren't the only extreme comments Bloomberg made during his interview—he also got flack for saying, “If we could get every billionaire around the world to move here, it would be a godsend." Mayoral frontrunner Bill de Blasio responded: “We certainly appreciate if people come here and help build our economy. But the mayor needs to understand-beyond his social circle-are millions of New Yorkers who are struggling and who are looking to contribute to this economy, if they could only get a job to contribute to it with.”
Councilwoman Tish James, who is running to replace de Blasio in the public advocate’s office, was just as harsh: “Today, Mayor Bloomberg gave voice to the policies he’s been pushing for the past 12 years: he wants New York to be a city of billionaires,” she said in a statement. “This is exactly what’s wrong with the Bloomberg approach.”
Also worth noting: Bloomberg's own personal wealth has almost tripled in the 12 years he's been office.