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NYC: John Cats puts up another TV ad, featuring ex-Rudy deputy

Self-made billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis released a new commercial "Giving Back" for his run for the GOP nomination for mayor. Former Rudy Giuliani deputy Rudy Washington appears in it -- having pledged his support to  Catsimatidis before former Giuliani deputy Joseph Lhota was competing with Catsimatidis for the nod. Washington, of Queens, was the highest-ranked African American in the Giuliani administration. Ex-Gov. George Pataki and ex-Sen. Serf Maltese also appear.

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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