Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg continues to spend big in Texas, and will be back for a fifth visit to the Lone Star State to launch his "Mike for Black America" initiative Thursday in Houston.
The billionaire's appearance at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum comes days after leaked audio revealing his previous tough stance on "stop and frisk" against young black men while he was New York's mayor.
“He has to do this at this time because he's hurting and he needs to get some positive press out about his relationship with black America,” says Dr. Robin Armstrong, the RNC's committeeman in Texas. “But I think it's too little too late for Mike Bloomberg.”
Armstrong says President Donald Trump already has raised wages and wealth for African-Americans, and fully expects the president will see 20 percent support from black Texans on election day.
“Bloomberg is in hot water right and he has a lot of work to do to try to reverse the course,” he says. “You have to have African-American votes to win a Democratic primary. He knows that. So, he's going to make a big initiative to try to change the mindset that he put out there.”
State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, agrees.
“The jobs that are being created. Economic vitality that is in this state. I don't know how Mr. Bloomberg gets over that hurdle with his agenda of more taxes, less freedom and more regulations.”
For as much money Bloomberg is pumping into Texas, neither believe it will matter come election time.