John Catsimatidis' new ad, featuring Pataki and Fossella
Former governor George Pataki and former congressman Vito Fossella make cameos in the second television ad released by the campaign of Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis.
Pataki served three terms as governor before leaving office in 2006. Fossella did not seek re-election after a DUI arrest in 2008 lead to the revelation the married congressman fathered a child with a Virginia woman.
The ad features a retired police captain, an army veteran and a former school teacher all praising Catsimatidis, a self-made billionaire and oil magnate. Catsimatidis trails in public opinion polls to Joe Lhota, the former aide to Mayor Rudy Giuliani and who led the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after Hurricane Sandy.
In the 30-second video, Pataki, Fossella and others praise Catsimatidis work in the private sector. Catsimatidis appears briefly, and says straight to camera, " Now if I can do it, you can do it too."
Catsimatidis first ad was a 60-second bio-piece describing his arrival in New York as an infant, modest life on 135th Street and his rise in the private sector.
Rob Ryan, a spokesman for Catsimatidis said "It's a sizable ad buy" and it'll be seen "repeatedly, repeatedly, repeatedly."
The Washington Post reported this morning that Catsimatidis has budgeted $1 million per month for his campaign, and is considering going nuclear against Anthony Weiner should the two face each other in the general election.
Also running in the Republican primary is George McDonald, founder of the Doe Fund.
UPDATE: Ryan emailed to say Catsimatidis put another $1 million into his campaign earlier this week.