De Blasio Laughs Off Idea of Hiring Republicans: ‘Let’s Not Get Crazy About This Diversity Idea’

Mayor-Elect De Blasio Joins Al Sharpton For Mandela Tribute In Harlem
Bill de Blasio. (Mandel Ngan/Getty)

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who vowed throughout his campaign to build an administration that mirrored the city, laughed off the idea of hiring Republicans this morning at a press conference announcing his latest pick.

“Let’s not get crazy about this diversity idea,” joked Mr. de Blasio when asked whether he was considering appointees from across the aisle as he works to fill his incoming administration. The response draw laughs from Mr. de Blasio and many in the audience, including his wife. Continue reading “De Blasio Laughs Off Idea of Hiring Republicans: ‘Let’s Not Get Crazy About This Diversity Idea’”

Joe Lhota Thinks Bill de Blasio’s ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ Will Fail

Joe Lhota not employing the Rose Garden strategy.
Joe Lhota not employing the Rose Garden strategy.

For Joe Lhota, the mayor’s race is no bed of roses.

The Republican candidate slammed his front-running rival Bill de Blasio today for limiting his public appearances in the wake of his primary victory–a “Rose Garden” strategy similar to that employed by incumbent presidents who ignore their opponents, some have observed. Continue reading “Joe Lhota Thinks Bill de Blasio’s ‘Rose Garden Strategy’ Will Fail”

Joe Lhota Vows to ‘Unify Our Party’ After Bruising Primary

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Joe Lhota celebrating his win.

Former deputy mayor and MTA Chair Joe Lhota decisively beat back his billionaire opponent tonight in the Republican mayoral primary, despite the onslaught of millions of dollars worth of negative mailings and television ads.

Though he’d called John Catsimatidis’s ads “amazingly disgusting” earlier today and seemed to have little patience for another challenger, Doe Fund founder George McDonald, Mr. Lhota offer an olive branch to both of his opponents in a victory speech delivered to cheering supporters at a Midtown hotel.

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‘Next Time I’ll Work Harder!’: John Catsimatidis Loses Republican Primary

John Catsimatidis speaking tonight.
John Catsimatidis speaking tonight.

His dream of being the next billionaire mayor of New York City is officially over.

John Catsimatidis, the owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, took to the stage of the Roosevelt Hotel tonight to concede his loss in the Republican primary following returns that made it clear he had lost to Joe Lhota.

“I want to apologize to my staff that I didn’t do better and win this thing for all of you,” Mr. Catsimatidis said, mournfully.

“We’ll never be disappointed!” some in the crowd shouted. “Never!”

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John Catsimatidis: ‘I Have a Love Factor With the Minorities’

John Catsimatidis. (Photo: Getty)
John Catsimatidis. (Photo: Getty)

During the final Republican debate before Tuesday’s mayoral primary, billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis touted his advantages over rival Joe Lhota.

Among the attributes cited, Mr. Catsimatidis said he would be more likely to win the general election because of his appeal to black and Latino voters–or in his words, “the minorities.”

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Koch Family Sinks Big Money Into New Pro-Lhota PAC

An image from one of the new ads.
An image from one of the new ads.

A new political action committee founded to boost Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota has received a major cash infusion courtesy of the Koch family.

David Koch and his wife, Julia, have each contributed $145,050 to “New Yorkers for Proven Leadership,” which will begin airing television ads tomorrow touting the former MTA chairman and deputy mayor, sources said.

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Airwaves Heat Up in Republican Mayoral Contest

A scene from the new Catsimatidis ad.
A scene from the new Catsimatidis ad.

With just over two weeks to go before they face off in the September 10 Republican primary, John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota have taken their battle to the air.

Mr. Catsimatidis, a billionaire who is self-financing his campaign, recently suggested that he would avoid dropping “nuclear bombs”–his word for attack ads–unless his GOP rival, Mr. Lhota, went negative first. But it seems Mr. Catsimatidis has decided to drop them anyway.

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