Joe Lhota is now officially running for mayor
Today, Joe Lhota, the recently departed M.T.A. chairman and former deputy mayor for Rudy Giuliani, filed papers with the New York City Campaign Finance Board. He is now, officially, running for mayor.
He made the announcement via one of his preferred communication methods, Twitter, using a brand new handle: @JoeLhota4Mayor: "It's official. @joelhota is a candidate to be the 109th Mayor of NYC following filings w BD of Elections and NYCCFB."
At the tail end of his tweet was a link to what is presumably a preview of his campaign literature. It reads:
A Mayor for All of New York
Lhota generally got high marks during his one-year tenure as chairman of the M.T.A., particularly following Hurricane Sandy, when the authority got subways back up and running far faster than expected.
He's a self-described libertarian and one of several politicians seeking the Republican line for mayor.
Much about his views remains unknown.
If he does make it to the general election, he'll have to negotiate not only the natural disadvantages of being a non-billionaire Republican in New York City but also his ties to Giuliani, a complicated proposition outside the context of a G.O.P. primary.
You can read more about Lhota here, in an interview he did shortly before leaving the M.T.A. in which he fleshed out some of his views on politics and management.