COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg characterized Colorado Springs and Pueblo as rural communities that do not have roads in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine
The article was posted on Rolling Stone's website and then later removed. Politico reports that the article is set to be published on July 14, and was put online Wednesday night (7/9/14) by accident.
Bloomberg reportedly spoke with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper before he signed new gun control legislation into law last year.
Democratic State Senators John Morse from Colorado Springs and Angela Giron from Pueblo were successfully recalled for supporting the bills.
During the Rolling Stone interview, Bloomberg is quoted as saying "In Colorado, we got a law passed. The NRA went after two or three state Senators in a part of Colorado where I don't think there's roads. It's as far rural as you can get. And, yes, they lost recall elections. I'm sorry for that. We tried to help 'em. But the bottom line is, the law is on the books, and being enforced. You can get depressed about the progress, but on the other hand, you're saving a lot of lives.
KRDO spoke to local politicians about Bloomberg's interview.
"That's fine, we can have policy disagreements, but to run down and degenerate our city and the people that live in our city to me was unconscionable. Whether it was a joke or whether he was serious," said Republican State Senator Bernie Herpin.
"I'm not going to work myself up into outrage over what is obviously an off-hand, sarcastic comment. I don't think he was saying that Colorado Springs has no roads," said Christy Le Lait, Executive Director with Peak Dems.
A cached version of the article can be viewed here.