John Catsimatidis Hires a Democratic Firm

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

John Catsimatidis may be campaigning for mayor on the Republican line, but the billionaire businessman is willing to cross the party aisle for his consultants. Accordingly, Mr. Catsimatidis hired Millennial Strategies LLC, a political shop stacked with mostly Democratic operatives.

Brad Gerstman, a partner at the firm, told Politicker that Mr. Catsimatidis is their only Republican client, but given New York City’s Democratic tilt, the move makes plenty of sense for the GOP Gracie Mansion hopeful.

“We expect to get through as a winner of the primary,” Mr. Gerstman said last week. “He needs to endear himself to Democratic voters and I think it’s natural for John.”

Mr. Gerstman said his lobbying organization, Gotham Government Relations & Communications, is more bipartisan, however, and has had a relationship with Mr. Catsimatidis for some time.

Of course, Mr. Catsimatidis won’t be the first mayoral candidate to sign up operatives from multiple political parties. Current Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who’s also a billionaire, prominently hired Howard Wolfson, for example, even though the former national Democratic strategist had worked against him in the past.

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