Democratic strategist 'remarkably unimpressed' by potential Bloomberg 2020 bid

Democratic strategist Don Calloway on Friday shrugged off reports that former New York Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg files paperwork to run for president 2020 hopes rise for gun control groups after Virginia elections Bloomberg to spend millions on voter registration campaign MORE’s possible 2020 bid could shake up the Democratic primary.

“The best thing I can say is, ‘yawn,’” Calloway, the CEO of Pine Street Strategies, told Hill.TV.

“I am just remarkably unimpressed; I’m uninterested,” he added. “Michael Bloomberg doesn’t bring anything to this field that you are looking for that is missing.”

Calloway argued that Bloomberg, who is a former Republican and independent, would better served by running as a third-party candidate, even though that move would likely help President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE’s chances in 2020.

"I’m wondering why he doesn’t run as an independent or third-party candidate of some sort — I just don’t really understand," he said, adding that such a move would be "true to what he’s bringing to the table."

Calloway’s comments come after a Bloomberg spokesperson told CNN on Thursday that the billionaire executive is expected to file paperwork for the Democratic presidential primary in Alabama this week.

While the spokesperson maintained that Bloomberg has not yet made a final decision on whether he will jump into the race, he is already being viewed by some as a centrist alternative to candidates such as former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenKamala Harris receives new Iowa endorsements after debate performance Watergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs MORE.

If the former New York mayor does enter the race, he would be the second billionaire businessman after Tom SteyerThomas (Tom) Fahr SteyerAs Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials Steyer, Gabbard and Yang shut out of early minutes of Democratic debate MORE, who has already spent millions in advertising but registers at less than 1 percent nationally, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

—Tess Bonn