Catsimatidis's mayoral dreams were previously crushed in 2013 when he lost the Republican Primary to former MTA Chairman and unabashed kitten killer Joe Lhota, but there were rumblings earlier this year that he might make another go at it. But alas, a future Cats vs. Blaz election is not to be—he announced yesterday he won't be throwing his hat in the ring, after all.
Catsimatidis says he's decided against running because de Blasio will be too hard to beat, no matter how much time he spends at his Park Slope gym. "It was a tough decision to make because I truly love this city and its people. My decision was based in part on the fact that the power of an incumbency is extremely hard to defeat," he said in a statement yesterday.
Had Catsimatidis decided to run, he would have joined fellow Republicans Paul Massey and Michel Faulkner in the race. Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Maliotakis, who announced a run last week, said she would have dropped out had Catsimatidis joined the fray, though now that he's out she's still going for it. Independent Bo Dietl is also running, much to the delight of the local tabloids.
As for Catsimatidis, he'll hopefully spend all the time and energy he would have exerted on a mayoral run on getting adorable little pandas in this dirty town.