Disgraced New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner should drop out of the race, Republican challenger John Catsimatidis tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.
"The mayor of the city of New York is almost the de facto president of the Board of Education — and there's no way we could put Anthony in charge of our kids," Catsimatidis tells Newsmax. "It's horrible to even think about it.
"In addition, the fact that he lacks the ability to tell the truth. We keep learning of new revelations. How can the police department or fire department work for a mayor like that?
"I believe Anthony should step down, find another career."
Weiner, 48, a Democrat on Tuesday admitted to exchanging racy photos and having sexually explicit chats with a 23-year-old woman, later identified as Sydney Leathers, whom he had met online. His handle was "Carlos Danger."
He resigned his House seat in June 2011 after acknowledging that he had sexted with at least a half-dozen women.
Weiner has vowed to remain in the mayoral race.
Catsimatidis, 64, a Greek-born billionaire businessman, is one of three Republican hopefuls in the race. He reportedly grew up in a Harlem walkup apartment building and now lives in a full-floor Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park.
He is the owner, president, chairman, and CEO of Gristedes Foods, the largest grocery chain in Manhattan, and the Red Apple Group, a real estate company with as much as $800 million in holdings.
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Catsimatidis, whose net worth has been estimated at $3 billion, also owns the Hellenic Times, a Greek-American newspaper based in Manhattan.
He faces former Metropolitan Transit Authority chief Joseph Lhota and Doe Fund founder George McDonald in a Sept. 10 primary.
Catsimatidis also attacked Lhota for citing the Weiner scandal in his fund-raising efforts.
"To be using that to raise money is not right," he says.
Catsimatidis notes that he is just as troubled by former New York Gov. Elliott Spitzer's run for city comptroller. Spitzer stepped down in 2008 after admitting to having sex with prostitutes.
"But it's easier for our citizens to accept ordinary sex, even though it was very wrong, than the type of stuff that Anthony’s doing," Catsimatidis says.
Explaining further, he tells Newsmax: "It’s something wrong. Both items are wrong, but one is not acceptable at all. Both are not acceptable."
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