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For what it may mean to GOP primary voters, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) has endorsed former MTA chairman and ex-deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota for New York City mayor.
The backing was announced today by the Lhota camp following Lhota’s endorsement last night by the Staten Island Republican organization.
While King, from Nassau, supports Lhota, Sen. Dean Skelos, the state legislature’s top Republican, has endorsed businessman John Catsimatidis. Also today, Catsimatidis announced support from the Liberal Party, which had earlier backed Tom Allon before Allon dropped out. Since the Liberal Party no longer has automatic ballot status, petition signatures from city voters will have to be collected and submitted.
Historically, the Liberal line has been crucial to past Republican-registered mayors as a way to attract support from registered Democrats unwilling to vote GOP. It will be interesting to see if this would have some of its own impact or if Catsimatidis, should he lose the Republican nomination, stay on the line in November.
A quote from King on Lhota:
“Joe has the perfect combination of private and public sector management experience, but he is also a courageous leader who will ensure the city not only maintains its transformation, but continues to thrive . . . The city is facing serious challenges both to its public safety and economy and Joe is the only person in the race who will focus on creating jobs and keeping us safe. I'm behind him one hundred percent and urge all New York City residents to join me in supporting Joe as our next mayor.”
King has been an ally of Lhota’s ex-boss Rudy Giuliani.