GOP needs to get into other races
Jan 17, 2013 | 6115 views | 0 0 comments | 91 91 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor:

Allow me to add to the insightful "In Our Opinion…Joe plans to ride a whole "Lhota' love" from December 27. 

How ironic that beleaguered New York City Republicans now have six potential mayoral candidates including MTA boss Joe Lhota, businessman John Catsimatidis, publisher Tom Allon, nonprofit Executive Director George McDonald, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion and Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith to select from.

The last competitive citywide Republican ticket was in 1969, which included Fiorvante Perrotta for comptroller and Sandford Garelick for City Council president.

Lhota can tap into the business community and former Mayor Rudy Guiliani's old campaign organization to raise the millions of dollars necessary for running a competitive campaign against any Democrat. Billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis can tap into his own personal fortune to do likewise.

The other four remaining potential candidates would be lucky to raise a million dollars. None of these four could be credible candidates. Only Lhota or Catsimatidis could raise sufficient funds to support the multimillion-dollar media buys necessary to compete against any Democrat.

The GOP mayoral wannabes should draw straws. The losers could run for comptroller, public advocate or borough president. Republicans could have a real diverse city and borough-wide group of candidates for the first time in decades.

This would also help the handful of competitive GOP City Council candidates in expanding their current three members to the old record of seven who served with former Mayor Guiliani during the 1990's.


Larry Penner

Great Neck

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