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

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: New York City mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis speaks at a political forum hosted on a boat in Manhattan on April 9, 2013 in New York City. Six mayoral candidates spoke at the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance's 2013 Waterfront Conference ahead of the November 2013 mayoral election. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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:

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):

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:

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images
12 Wonderful Pictures of John Catsimatidis