NH Democratic Party chairman rips Bloomberg op-ed as 'desperate for some press attention'

NH Democratic Party chairman rips Bloomberg op-ed as 'desperate for some press attention'
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The chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party slammed a recent op-ed from Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergPoll: 68 percent of Democrats say it 'makes no difference' if a candidate is a billionaire Chicago mayor weighing possible Bloomberg endorsement Judge Judy's verdict: Ignoring Bloomberg's record to endorse others made no sense MORE on Monday about the lack of diversity in early primary states, saying the Democratic candidate was desperate for press attention. 

"It seems like Michael Bloomberg is having some second thoughts about his choice not to campaign in South Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire & Iowa — and is doing what many candidates in that position have done who are desperate for some press attention," Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement on Monday. 

"Anyone who thinks New Hampshire isn't consequential in the general election must also believe that Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreTrump's reelection looks more like a long shot than a slam dunk Gore praises Greta Thunberg after meeting: 'Nobody speaks truth to power as she does' Climate 'religion' is fueling Australia's wildfires MORE served a term as president of the United States," he added. 

Bloomberg argued in a CNN op-ed on Monday that New Hampshire, as well as Iowa, take candidates' focus away from more diverse states in the primary process. 

"The Democratic Party reflects America's incredible diversity. But the first two voting states, Iowa and New Hampshire, are among the most homogenous in the nation," the former New York City mayor wrote. 

"While it's great that candidates reach out to voters in these states at every pancake breakfast and town hall around, what about African-American, Latino, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, and other voters in places like Detroit, Montgomery, Phoenix, and Houston?" he continued. 
Bloomberg, who launched his presidential campaign in November, has focused his campaign's energy on later primary states due to his later entrance into the race. 
He is not the first candidate this cycle to point out the lack of racial diversity in Iowa and New Hampshire. 
Former Democratic candidate Julián Castro argued in November that the two states should lose their status as hosting the first-in-the-nation nominating contests.