In this week’s paper, I wrote about the efforts of supermarket magnate and Clinton bundler John Catsimatidis to ingratiate himself with local Republicans in advance of his prospective bid for mayor.
The fact that he’s a Democrat, he stressed, shouldn’t be a big deal.
“I was a Republican in the 1980’s–a Ronald Reagan Republican,” he said. “I donated to the Republican library. I supported George H.W. Bush. I helped build the chapel at Camp David under George H.W. Bush, and then I was chairman of the New York County dinner two years out of five under Roy Goodman. I’ve done a lot of Republican things.
“And I’m baaaack.”
– Azi Paybarah