Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention

Bloomberg to speak at Democratic convention
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBloomberg pays fines for 32,000 felons in Florida so they can vote Top Democratic super PAC launches Florida ad blitz after Bloomberg donation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Latest with the COVID-19 relief bill negotiations MORE will speak at the Democratic National Convention next week, two sources familiar with the decision say.

Bloomberg, who was not originally included in the announced list of speakers released by the convention earlier this week, will be "sharing why we have the best candidates to meet today's challenges and get big things done," according to an email he sent to supporters on Thursday.

The billionaire mounted a campaign in the Democratic primary earlier this year, seeking to challenge Joe BidenJoe BidenOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate Trump attacks Omar for criticizing US: 'How did you do where you came from?' MORE, but fell short, only winning in American Samoa after spending hundreds of millions of dollars of his own money.

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The announcement is sure to anger progressives in the party who feel that the convention is already spotlighting speakers such as Republican John Kasich and not rising stars in the party such as Stacey Abrams and Andrew YangAndrew YangDoctor who allegedly assaulted Evelyn Yang arrested on federal charges The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden weighs in on police shootings | Who's moderating the debates | Trump trails in post-convention polls Buttigieg launches his own podcast MORE.

"It's a real disappointment," one delegate told The Hill upon learning the news.

Yang has been added to the list of speakers for the convention, but Abrams is not on the list at this point.