Catsimatidis takes his Pataki endorsement to the radio

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Billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis released his second radio ad of the campaign season this morning, emphasizing his willingness to spend money to boost his name recognition in his fight against former M.T.A. chairman Joe Lhota for the Republican mayoral nomination.

Catsimatidis already spent $97,760 on radio ads in March, according to his latest campaign finance filing.

This ad features a man and a woman talking about Catsimatidis and his highest profile supporter.

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Husband: "I just read that former Governor Pataki endorsed John Catsimatidis."

Wife: "I like Pataki. He had a lot of common sense."

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Wife: "Pataki's right. New York needs John Catsimatidis as mayor."

The last Siena poll to ask about Pataki was in February 2010, four years after he left office. It showed that he had a 53-38 percent favorable-unfavorable rating among New York City voters, and a 62-29 percent favorable-unfavorable rating from Republicans throughout the state.

Also seeking the Republican nomination is George McDonald, the founder of the Doe Fund, which works with recently released prisoners and poor New Yorkers to help them find housing and jobs.

Lhota leads in the latest public opinion polls, has done some impressive fund-raising (which doesn't give him anything like parity with the lavishly self-financing Catsimatidis but signifies that he's capable of mustering resources for a serious campaign) and has handled himself well at the debates.

Catsimatidis consultant Rob Ryan declined to talk about the size of his client's latest ad buy, but said it would be similar to the size of the previous ones.