Seems like no one wants to be in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s club.
In the last five months, 50 members of his anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, have resigned, lost elections or, in some cases, asked to be removed from the group, according to a membership list obtained by BuzzFeed.
But as Mayors Against Illegal Guns Director Mark Glaze told BuzzFeed, the group is still growing despite losing some members. Glaze said that when mayors leave office, the group tries to recruit the newly elected mayor.
“Mayors come and go,” Glaze said. “We lose them on occasion, but it’s going upward.”
BuzzFeed reached out to dozens of the replacement mayors and none of them would confirm whether or not they were considering joining the Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
Nashua, N.H., Mayor Donnalee Lozeau and Berea, Ohio, Mayor Cyril Kleem are among those who chose to remove their names from the membership list.
Lozeau left the group after it released an attack ad against Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), who voted against the failed Manchin-Toomey bill.
“I simply cannot be part of an organization that chooses this course of action instead of cooperatively working with those that have proven over a lifetime of work their true intentions,” Lozeau told Nashua’s daily newspaper, The Telegraph. “I have faith that Senator Ayotte will continue to work toward finding a responsible solution relative to these issues.”
Kleem dropped out of the group without making any statement as to why he no longer wanted to be part of it.
Rockford, Ill., Mayor Lawrence Morrissey left the group back in June because he believed the organization strayed from its original purpose — enforcing current laws and working to keep illegal guns off the streets — and instead began pushing for a national assault weapons ban.
The Mayors Against Illegal Guns group recently sparked outrage for naming Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in its list of victims of gun violence, but has since issued an apology.