Recently resigned Former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer just went public with a surprise endorsement of Democrat presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, despite being a lifelong Republican.
Spencer has historically supported Republican candidates, and FEC filings show that he made campaign contributions to both Mitt Romney and George W. Bush’s campaigns. However, his tenure in the Trump administration did not end well.
Spencer served as Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Navy from August 2017 until November 2019, when he was sacked after opposing Trump’s decision to reinstate controversial Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher’s rank.
After Spencer’s abrupt resignation, he immediately wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post in which he accused Trump of having “very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”
Bloomberg wins the day
“I have the utmost confidence that Mike will faithfully execute his duty as Commander in Chief,” Spencer wrote in his statement announcing the endorsement on Friday.
Spencer denied that he made the endorsement out of spite, instead stating that Bloomberg would “uphold the Uniform Code of Military Justice” and “honor the service and ensure the equal treatment of all women and men in uniform.”
Bloomberg released a corresponding statement, thanking Spencer for his endorsement. “Secretary Spencer set an example for all Americans through his leadership and integrity. I’m grateful for his service to our country, and I’m honored to have his support,” Bloomberg announced.
Bloomberg has drawn the ire of his fellow Democrat candidates for skipping the early primaries in favor of major ad spends in California, Florida, and other critical swing states. Despite not appearing at Friday’s New Hampshire primary debate, he was targeted by almost every participant for buying his way into the election.