Judge Judy's verdict: Ignoring Bloomberg's record to endorse others made no sense

Judge Judy's verdict: Ignoring Bloomberg's record to endorse others made no sense
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It is no secret that I fervently believe Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' MORE is the only presidential candidate qualified by governing experience and personal history to lead the United States of America in 2020. I have publicly endorsed his presidential campaign. I believe his credentials speak for themselves.

And that’s why I’m baffled by the New York Times’s decision to endorse not one but two Democratic candidates, neither of whom comes close in their track records to that of Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor. In fact, neither of them has governed anything in their political careers. 

The Times’s decision is especially puzzling given the newspaper’s enthusiastic endorsements of Mayor Bloomberg in the past. When the Times supported him for a second term as mayor in 2005, it noted that “Mr. Bloomberg has not been nearly as exciting as Edward I. Koch or Rudolph W. Giuliani. But he has been better at running the city. If he continues his record of accomplishment over the next four years, he may be remembered as one of the greatest mayors in New York history.” 


When Mayor Bloomberg ran for a third term in 2009, the New York Times once again was his unabashed champion. It said that “he has run the $60 billion government with keen attention to accountability and efficiency,” and it called special attention to his accomplishments in education, environmental protection and crime reduction. 

Now, faced with one of the most crucial presidential elections in American history, the Times has chosen to ignore its own words. By endorsing Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Washington Post fact-checker gives Bloomberg 4 Pinocchios for 'deceptive editing' in campaign ad The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dem anxiety grows ahead of Super Tuesday MORE (D-Minn.), the newspaper apparently has decided that Warren’s and Klobuchar’s plans for the future — both rose-colored wish-lists, given the realities of Washington Beltway politics — count for more than demonstrated executive skill. But that’s an illusion we can ill afford. Legislative aspiration is not the same thing as effective governing — not now, not ever. 

Mayor Bloomberg’s governing credentials are even more important, given his proven financial and political independence. As mayor, he made decisions based on what he thought was best for the people he represented, not on the relentless pressures of special-interest politics. He was and is beholden to no one. 

All the more reason to question a bizarre “double endorsement” by the Times of Warren and Klobuchar that overlooks the one Democratic candidate who has shown that he is ready to govern, effectively, on Day 1 in the White House.

With less than 10 months until Election Day, America needs real leadership as never before. The times are too critical for our fractured country to place a bet on pipe dreams and unvetted promises. Mike Bloomberg offers the smart, steady leadership we need, and the Times should know this. All it has to do is read the endorsements it delivered in the past to a worthy candidate, and then push the reset button on the garbled message it sent this past weekend.

Judy Sheindlin is the star of the Emmy-winning TV series, “Judge Judy,” and the longest-serving arbitrator in a courtroom-themed broadcast program. She previously was a New York family court prosecutor and the supervising judge of Manhattan’s family court division, and she is the author of seven books.