The Montgomery Advertiser reports:
Presidential candidates rarely begin their campaigns in Alabama, but in Michael Bloomberg’s case, the calendar forced him to do so. The former New York City mayor Friday filed to run in the Democratic presidential primary in March, marking a late entry into an already crowded field. Friday was the deadline for Democratic candidates to qualify.
Bloomberg, 77, made his fortune selling terminals to investment firms and other businesses that provided data on a host of items, and later founded Bloomberg News. Forbes estimates his personal wealth at $57 billion. Representatives of Bloomberg arrived at Alabama Democratic Party headquarters shortly after 4 p.m. on Friday. The primary is March 3.