The most recent John Catsimatidis TV ad is premised on the notion that Rudy Giuliani was a nice, easy going guy, and essentially faults Lhota for not being a good guy like his former boss. In the ad, Not Even Close, an actor says “Rudy would never do that” in response to a statement that Lhota “taunted a senior” (an MTA board member and attorney). Rudy Giuliani was many things, including a successful and important mayor, but one of the things that Giuliani was is captured by the title of Ed Koch’s book, Giuliani, Nasty Man. Lhota certainly has his imperfections, but faulting him for not measuring up to a fictionalized version of his former boss is silly, even inane.
We asked Lhota about the ad, as Lhota campaigned on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Update – Direct Mail:
We also asked Lhota for his reaction to Catsimatidis’s extensive direct mail effort. Spoiler alert: he doesn’t like it, but …
Note: We subsequently asked Catsimatidis about his ad and direct mail.