Tom Ridge, the Homeland Security secretary under President George W. Bush, quit the board of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new gun control effort, citing his discomfort with some of the political work the group has been planning, the New York Times reports. Ridge's affiliation with the group, which Bloomberg has pledged to give at least $50 million this year, was considered a coup for Bloomberg because of [Ridge's Republican credentials.
“When I signed on as an adviser to [Everytown for Gun Safety], I looked forward to a thoughtful and provocative discussion about the toll gun violence takes on Americans,” Ridge said a spokesman. “After consultation with Everytown, I have decided that I am uncomfortable with their expected electoral work.” Bloomberg said he would work to defeat Republicans and Democrats alike who opposed gun control. He said his goal was to build a group formidable enough to take on the National Rifle Association. Everytown said it was disappointed by Mr. Ridge's decision, which was first reported by The Daily Caller.