Catsimatidis robocalls (in February!) about jobs, jobs jobs
Here's an early robocall from Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, who has lots of money and little name recognition.
In the 35-second call, he mentions his own name four times.
He also pledges to create "hundreds of thousands of jobs."
His competition for the Republican nomination includes former M.T.A. chairman and Giuliani deputy Joe Lhota and former Bronx borough president and White House urban affairs director Adolfo Carrion Jr., Doe Fund founder George McDonald and local publisher Tom Allon.
In the latest public opinion poll on the race, from Quinnipiac, Lhota led Catsimatidis, his closet rival, 23 to 9 percent among registered Republicans. But 53 percent of those voters said they didn't know enough about any of the candidates to have an opinion. And as I already mentioned, Catsimatidis, a supermarket and oil magnate, has lots of money with which to make himself known and, importantly, to court the cash-poor Republican party establishment (just as his fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg did before him).
The robocall was first reported by John Kenny, an independent journalist, who said he received the call on his home phone even though there are no registered Republicans in his household.
Catsimatidis' campaign later provided me a recording of the call, which they said went to 400,000 Republicans around the city.
Here's the script:
Hello. This is John Catsimatidis.
I'm an independent Republican businessman with common sense solutions running for the mayor of the City of New York.
Jobs, jobs jobs. I've created thousands and thousands of jobs right here in New York City. As your mayor, I will create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. I'll fight to improve our schools and keep our streets safe.
I'm John Catsimatidis and I have vision and leadership which the city of New York needs.
I'm John Catsimatidis and I've approved this message. Paid for John Catsimatidis, 2013.