John Catsimatidis, NYC Mayoral Candidate, Schmoozes Jeb Bush

Thursday, 25 Jul 2013 09:24 AM

By Michael Mullins

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John Catsimatidis, the Greek-born billionaire businessman who is one of three Republican hopefuls in the NYC Mayoral race, has been spotted rubbing shoulders with the likes of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson.

Catsimatidis shared a photo on Twitter Wednesday of the three smiling and posing  at a high-profile party Tuesday night at Johnson's Fifth Ave. home.

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The occasion was a book party for Bush, who just came out with, "Immigration Wars: Forging an American Solution," the New York Daily News reported.

The former Florida governor, who is the son of former President George H. W. Bush and brother to former President George W. Bush, is considered one of the leading Republican contenders in the 2016 presidential race if he decides to run.

Catsimatidis is in the process of building a fundraising network throughout the city, despite already having a full war chest to launch a campaign.

The 64-year-old billionaire businessman, who reportedly grew up in a Harlem walkup apartment building, now lives in a full-floor Fifth Avenue apartment overlooking Central Park and has an estimated net worth of $3 billion.

Catsimatidis will go head-to-head with former MTA chief Joseph Lhota and Doe Fund founder George McDonald.

The Republican party has yet to endorse one of the three, according to a party spokesman who told the Daily News, "The State Party is neutral in the Republican mayoral primary."

"Once we have a candidate, we will work hand-in-glove with him to ensure that next year, just like for the last twenty years, New York City has a mayor elected on the Republican line," the spokesman added.

Catsimatidis' daughter, Andrea, is engaged to Christopher Cox, grandson of former President Nixon and son of New York Republican Party chairman Ed Cox.

In an exclusive interview last month, Catsimatidis told Newsmax TV he is running for mayor because "New York City is responsible for my success, they're responsible for my family's success, and I have an IOU out."

"I believe that all people that are successful should pay back their cities, their states, their towns, our country," Catsimatidis added in the interview with Newsmax TV. "Instead of having professional politicians, we should have more business people and more successful people that run for office and try to help our city."

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