Pataki Endorses Catsimatidis, But Not to Spite Giuliani

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Owner of Gristedes supermarkets John Catsimatidis attends the celebration party for Rita Cosby's new book "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death" at Pacha on October 03, 2007 in New York City.NEW YORK - OCTOBER 03:  Owner of Gristedes supermarkets John Catsimatidis attends the celebration party for Rita Cosby's new book "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death" at Pacha on October 03, 2007 in New York City.  (Photo by Scott Wintrow/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Catsimatidis
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In the 1994 mayor's race (almost twenty years ago, if you want to feel old) then-mayor Rudy Giuliani crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mario Cuomo for governor against Republican George Pataki. The two never did get along very well, but Pataki insisted to the New York Post on Thursday that a distaste for Giuliani, who is backing Joe Lhota for mayor, had nothing to do with his decision to endorse John Catsimatidis. “Most importantly,” Pataki said, “John Catsimatidis isn’t a career politician.” But we wouldn't complain if this turned into a proxy war for nineties beef.