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GOP mayoral candidate: End of Giuliani tenure 'wasn't pretty'

George and Harriet McDonald developed the Doe Fund.

George and Harriet McDonald developed the Doe Fund. Photo Credit: Getty Images

George McDonald, seeking to become the Republican candidate for New York City mayor, was asked yesterday if he might support former deputy mayor Joseph Lhota should his own bid fail.

This was McDonald's reply: "I remember what it was like at the end of the Giuliani administration and it wasn't pretty. So we can romanticize it all we want and say we want to go back to those 'good old days' . . . but there was great racial tension.I think we've made great progress over these past 12 years with [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg. Now the challenge is to preserve the gains we've made and move forward."

John Catsimatidis is the other serious contender for the GOP line. Registered Republicans represent less than 11 percent of the city's registered voters, so the discussion for any of the party's candidates frequently involves methods of expanding the coalition to the two-thirds of the voters enrolled as Democrats and the 18 percent without major or minor party affiliation.

This is from a fuller piece that runs today in Newsday and AMNY.

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