John Catsimatidis has proclaimed that he is “not a Bloomberg billionaire”, but after a candidate forum last night hosted by the New York Young Republican Club he nonetheless declared that “I’m gonna do whatever Bloomberg did” on releasing tax returns.
In our Mayoral Mashup we talk with voters, as well as political and policy leaders, about what they see as the most important issue facing New York City’s next mayor.
For this Mayoral Mashup we spoke with voters attending a Republican mayoral candidate forum hosted by the Asian American Federation, asking one simple question: What do you see as the most important issue that our next mayor will face upon taking office? Watch to find out what they had to say.
One additional note: The Federation conducted a straw poll at the conclusion of the forum, with the following results: Adolfo Carrion – 44%, John Catsimatidis – 29%, George McDonald – 27%.
We have some additional coverage of the forum here.
Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis and Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis held a press conference today to criticize the MTA and it’s scheduled increase of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll.
In this report, we cover what Catsimatidis had to say about some of his rivals, including one who was chairman of the MTA, and his suggestion as to how two of those rivals could help the Republican Party.
We’ll have more about their press conference in a later report.
As he was about to begin a press conference this morning (focused on expanding vocational education programs), John Catsimatidis previewed a possible new campaign slogan. Perhaps he was responding to a critical review of other mayoral candidates campaign logo’s. Or, perhaps he just likes campaigning.
As we noted last week here at NYTrue.com, he has already adapted well to the new 140 character universe.
Update #2: I received an email this evening from the Catsimatidis campaign advising that the twitter handle I referenced in item 1) below “is not affiliated” with the Catsimatidis campaign. I’ve therefor deleted item 1). I understand that @Jcats2013 remains as the campaign’s twitter handle. My apologies for any confusion.
2) It is interesting that the candidate formerly known as John Catsimatidis chose to reveal his new persona to leading political reporter Azi Paybarah. Both of them have recently undergone life changing Twitter-shorteningsTwitter-trimmings. They also crossed paths in a previous NYTrue.com special feature.
The Republican mayoral race has burst into public view, with at least seven candidates and hope-to-be candidates. My prediction? It’s Catsimatidis and Lhota, with the wildcard of A.R. Bernard. Here’s a quick rundown on the Republican primary field:
1. John Catsimatidis: Which recent Republican nominee will he most resemble? A schlubby version of Michael Bloomberg, a self-made, self-financing successful businessman and effective CEO focused on serious campaign issues and governing, albeit with a thick New York accent, $100 suits and a messy haircut? Or the New York City version of the Carl Paladino Clown Show?