On GOP side, George McDonald enters fray today for NYC mayor

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While former Mayor Rudy Giuliani took to the public eye to push for his mayoral candidate, former deputy Joe Lhota, with a rare local TV interview, another potential Republican contender, homeless-fund operator George McDonald, is due to formally announce his candidacy this morning at Grand Central Station. He figures to have some of former Gov. George Pataki's folks behind him, going forward. McDonald heads the Doe Fund in the city. More is expected as even the long shot GOP nomination appears far from locked up.

Giuliani, on NY1, who was once a foe and later cordial with Pataki, pointed to Lhota's experience running city agencies when the mayor was out of town, bringing to mind a period before September 2001 when Giuliani was term-limited and paying attention to running for U.S. Senate and to personal matters. Click here for more details by Dana Rubinstein.

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