Cats Photos: Remembering John Catsimatidis’s Campaign in 12 Wonderful Pictures

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Unless every single poll is wrong, Gristedes billionaire John Catsimatidis will not be the Republican candidate for mayor. Still, his race against the overwhelming favorite Joe Lhota has delivered the local public a smattering of gems we'll cherish forever in the form of quotables ("I've been to every minority neighborhood, they all give me hugs") and, most important, images. The man, hard as his name is to pronounce, knows how to deliver a photo op. We'll look back on his time in the public eye fondly, and we'll definitely recognize him on the street if it ever comes to that.

Catsimatidis's family Christmas card may very well be the greatest of all time:

His wife was often by his side:

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: Margo Vondersaar and John Catsimatidis pose during a Resident Magazine photo shoot on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew H. Walker/2013 Getty Images

As was his daughter:

He pulled a Nixon at a diner:

He stood up for dogs (but "Especially CATS"):

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: NYC republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis attends the New Yorker's For Children's 10th Anniversary A Fool's Fete Spring Dance at Mandarin Oriental Hotel on April 9, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic) Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic

He played stickball in a Yankees hat:

He wore Kanye shades:

And boy, did he smile and wave:

Not to mention his signature is a classic:

Farewell, friend. See you at the grocery store:

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: John Catsimatidis poses during a Resident Magazine photo shoot on June 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images