John Catsimatidis, the billionaire owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, is considering running for mayor of New York as a Republican. But Catsimaditis told the New York Times this week that his candidacy wouldn't be so easy to define.
“Am I a Republican? Yes. Am I a Democrat? Yes. Am I a conservative? Yes. Am I a liberal? Yes,” Catsimatidis said. “We’re right in the middle. What are we? We’re pro-people. But, we’re also pro-business.”
Described by the Times as "ample-bodied," Catsimatidis also touted the political advantages that come with his appearance. "People tell me, you better lose weight if you want to run for mayor,” he said. “I said, I got the Chris Christie look.”
Catsimatidis said he'll decide whether to enter the race in February. With his ability to self-finance a campaign, the colorful billionaire would likely be a significant factor in the Republican primary if he opts to run. Former MTA chair Joe Lhota and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión, who left the Democratic Party in November, are also mulling GOP bids.
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