Queens Republicans Express Cautious Optimism About Joe Lhota’s Chances

Joe Lhota with Councilman Eric Ulrich and ex-Congressman Bob Turner.
Joe Lhota speaking to Eric Ulrich and Bob Turner.

As they devoured buffalo chicken pizza and stuffed shells at a Queens fund-raiser last night, Republicans strained to remain optimistic about Joe Lhota’s dimming prospects in the mayor’s race.

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Eric Ulrich Calls for Bob Turner to Lead Queens Republican Party

Former Congressman Bob Turner.
Former Congressman Bob Turner.

In the wake of bribery charges being brought against the Queens Republican Party’s executive vice president, Republican Councilman Eric Ulrich is calling for former Congressman Bob Turner to the lead the party.

“I want to see Bob Turner as the next chairman and I want [Queens GOP Chair] Phil Ragusa to resign immediately,” Mr. Ulrich told Politicker. “I believe Ragusa has an obligation to step aside. The only person who can bring peace and bring people together is Bob Turner because of his integrity, character and ability to work with people on different sides. He’s very conciliatory.” Continue reading “Eric Ulrich Calls for Bob Turner to Lead Queens Republican Party”

John Catsimatidis Says It’s ‘Very, Very Sad’ That Key Ally Was Arrested

Vince Tabone. (Photo: Facebook)
Vince Tabone. (Photo: Facebook)

Vince Tabone, who works both as a staffer on GOP mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis’ campaign and as an attorney in the billionaire businessman’s company, was reportedly among the politicos arrested earlier this morning, a group that also includes State Sen. Malcolm Smith and Councilman Dan Halloran. They face wire fraud and bribery charges in an alleged scheme to help rig the mayoral race in Mr. Smith’s favor.

Politicker reached out to Mr. Catsimatidis for his reaction to these developments.

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