Three members of Congress endorse Bloomberg after raucous debate

Democratic presidential candidate Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE picked up three more congressional endorsements, despite struggling in his primary debate debut Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Democratic Reps. Josh GottheimerJoshua (Josh) GottheimerNJ lawmaker tests negative for COVID-19 On The Money: Pelosi announces deal over coronavirus package | Questions remain about Trump's support | Trump declares national emergency | Stocks rally to close out wild week Lawmakers call on IRS to push back tax filing deadline MORE (N.J.), Nita LoweyNita Sue LoweyHouse Democrats unveil coronavirus economic response package Biden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Trump, Congress struggle for economic deal under coronavirus threat MORE (N.Y.) and Pete AguilarPeter (Pete) Ray AguilarBiden rolls out over a dozen congressional endorsements after latest primary wins Biden rise calms Democratic jitters Vulnerable Democrats brace for Sanders atop ticket MORE (Calif.) all pledged their support to the billionaire, giving Bloomberg a total of 15 congressional endorsements, second to only former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Coronavirus pushes GOP's Biden-Burisma probe to back burner MORE, who has more than three times that amount.

Each lawmaker has a strong connection — either political or personal — to the former New York mayor, The Associated Press reports.


For example, Howard Wolfson, Lowey's former chief of staff, was a longtime Bloomberg aide and is now a top adviser to his campaign.

Bloomberg also campaigned for Gottheimer in 2018, and the New York congressman's brother-in-law, Bradley Tusk, managed Bloomberg's mayoral reelection campaign in 2009.

Aguilar, chief deputy whip of the House Democratic Caucus, got support from Independence USA PAC — a Bloomberg political group — during a tough 2014 congressional race.

Aguilar, also a former mayor, cited Bloomberg's knowledge of tough issues “at both the national and local levels” and his “track record as a former mayor on gun safety and climate," according to the AP.

Rival Democrats repeatedly targeted Bloomberg in the debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas, launching attacks in the first minutes of the event.

Updated at 8:46 a.m.