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‘Judge Judy’ Sheindlin rules for Mike Bloomberg in new campaign ad

The Naples resident has hosted a high-rated court show for 24 years.

Judge Judy Sheindlin, better known as TV’s ‘Judge Judy,’ endorsed presidential contender Mike Bloomberg in a new television ad.

“I like to say you can judge someone’s character by what they’ve done. Mike Bloomberg has done amazing things and will be a truly great president,” Scheindlin said. “No one comes close to Mike Bloomberg’s executive achievement, government experience, and impactful philanthropy.”

Sheindlin, a Naples resident, has been the host of Judge Judy, which just started its 24th season. With the longest-running TV arbitration show and the highest-rated daytime syndicated program in the country, she’s become a household name and authority figure.

She’s also the former Supervising Judge of Family Court in New York County. A native of New York City, she publicly encouraged the former New York City Mayor to jump in the race through an op-ed published by the USA Today.

“Our American family has been fractured in recent years. We’re hopelessly divided, and a bitterly divided family cannot thrive,” she wrote at the time. “The only way we can begin to come together again, I said, is if Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City, becomes our next president.”

In the new TV ad, called “Judge Him,” she stresses a similar message.

“His steady leadership would unite our country and bring us through these very challenging times,” she says in the ad.

The spot shows Sheindlin sitting in front of a desk of statute books, a reminder of her real world legal credentials that also evokes her television persona.

The video also edits in a series of stills of Bloomberg at work. Those include a picture of Bloomerg speaking at a Jacksonville conference for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by Bloomberg while he still served as Mayor of New York.

This is the first time Scheindlin has ever endorsed a presidential candidate.

Written By

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at

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