With gas shortages plaguing consumers, a transportation system in gridlock and underwater, 37 lives lost, and an estimated $20 billion in damages to his city, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg decided it was time to act.

So he pulled out his checkbook and scratched a $1.1 million donation to those in need … an obscure congressional candidate in Florida, Val Demings. 

Demings is a gun-control nut cut from the same cloth as Bloomberg, and is best known for having her own weapon stolen from a police vehicle. She is running against incumbent Daniel Webster.

Sunshine State Sarah reports:

Mayor Mike Bloomberg, whose PAC is spending a whopping $1.1 million to buy TV ads attacking Webster.

Never mind that Hurricane Sandy has left the city he is supposed to be governing with large areas under water, looting problems, gas shortages,and a frightening array of health concerns.

Forget the crippling damage to NYC’s public transit systems. Oh no, forget the actual disaster happening all around, forget the the fact that our nation’s largest city is literally drowning right now, let’s screw with Florida’s elections!

Of course, I guess this shouldn’t be surprising from one of the worst nanny-state meddling politicians in recent American history. Bloomberg is, after all, the same goofball who wants to outlaw large sodas. [Insert mind-numbingly obvious comment that anyone can just buy two sodas to get around this ridiculous rule here.]

A report from Red State adds: 

There must be some cruelly ironic joke being played on New York City’s hurricane-soaked residents. As thousands of New Yorkers still sit in the dark, unarmed, vulnerable, and worried about looters, the Big Apple’s billionaire mayor is sending $1.1 million to Florida to buy ads for union-bought, gun-control advocate and congressional candidate Val Demings.

One political consultant called the donation ‘considerable’ and ‘extremely significant’.  At the same time however, due to the state of the race in Florida, it has been dubbed ‘a waste of money’.

You know who might benefit from that $1.1 million?  The residents of Mayor Bloomberg’s city.  Maybe the Red Cross.  Perhaps the people burned out of their homes in Breezy Point.

It must be nice to have the luxury of throwing money away, while residents of your city struggle to recover from a devastating storm.