Lovely Warren of Rochester became the latest New York elected official -- and mayor of a city -- to endorse former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's campaign.
Warren joins Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan in backing Bloomberg's bid.
“We’re at a critical juncture in our democracy,” Warren said in a statement.
“My grandparents were sharecroppers and my father came to this country as an immigrant. They made hard choices so that I could realize the American Dream. Right now, I question if in this tenuous time for our country, if that same dream will be realized by my daughter and today’s children. Especially watching right now, as an African-American woman, how our democracy and the rule of law is eroding. That’s why as Democrats we must unite and defeat President Trump.”
Warren's endorsement comes as Bloomberg is spending heavily on TV ads in his campaign and skipping this month's early primary contests. Polls have shown Bloomberg climbing in some of the states that begin voting next month.
At the same time, Bloomberg is seeing his support grow among black voters -- support that could be key if the campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden continues to falter. Warren is the first black woman elected mayor of Rochester.
“Mayor Lovely Warren is a trailblazer who has dedicated her career to helping Rochester residents,” said John Calvelli, Bloomberg's state director in New York. “From improving local schools to creating more economic opportunities within her city, she has worked tirelessly to ensure Rochester’s best days are ahead. It is an honor to have her on our team as we work to get Mike elected and secure a better future for all Americans.”