It's official: Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton is supporting John Catsimatidis.
Mr. Eaton praised the billionaire businessman in a lengthy statement."John grew up in Harlem, attended our public schools and built a successful business career right here on the streets of our city," Eaton said. "As an immigrant, John intuitively understands the problems and challenges that so many new New Yorkers face. As a product of our public schools, John knows firsthand how a good education prepares our children for the future with the academics and skills they need to succeed."
Eaton called Mr. Catsimatidis a job creator who will "rein in the high taxes and burdensome regulations that are breaking the back of businesses large and small."
So far, only Catsimatidis has managed to get the support of 3 City county's chairs - Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Former Bronx Chairman, Jay Savino, who was forced to resign after his arrest in the bribe scheme scandal, announced two weeks ago his backing of Joe Lhota. But with a new chairman, it rmains questionable whether Lhota will manage to cling on to that support.
"My decision to endorse John does not lessen the respect I have for both Adolfo Carrion and Joe Lhota," Eaton emphasized. "Over the past several months Adolfo Carrion and I have developed a friendship which I hope will continue so that we can work together to broaden and grow the base of the Republican Party on a local, state and national level," he wrote. "I also have great respect for the contributions Joe Lhota has made to the City of New York under our great Mayor Rudy Giuliani and in the years that have followed. The fact that we have had so many quality candidates seek our nomination has not made my decision easier, but their participation in the process will make our Republican Party stronger."
"I am proud and grateful to receive the endorsement of Craig Eaton today., Mr. Catismatidis responded to the news. "The Republicans of Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan will be the foundation I need to win the GOP nomination and lay the groundwork to become New York's next mayor."