Monday, August 14, 2017

NY Billionaire Grocer's Daughter Likely to Lead Manhattan GOP

The Daughter of a Grocery-Store Magnate and former Republican Mayoral Candidate is likely to take the Helm of the New York County (Manhattan) Republican Party.

Andrea Catsimatidis is jockeying to replace outgoing Chairwoman Adele Malpass, who will step down from her Post to move to Washington, D.C., with her husband David Malpass, the newly confirmed Undersecretary for International Affairs in President Trump's Treasury Department.

Catsimatidis’ father, John Catsimatidis, is the Billionaire Founder of the Red Apple Group, which owns the Gristedes Supermarket Chain as well as a portfolio of Oil Refineries, Gas Stations, and Real Estate. The Greek-born Businessman, a Major Donor to Republican and Democratic Politicians, unsuccessfully sought the Republican Nomination for Mayor in 2013.

“She’s always been involved in politics ... and all the stuff I did for governors and senators and presidents in my life,” the Billionaire said in a phone interview, noting that his daughter had been Active with the New York University College Republicans. “I think she’s very qualified, and she’s out there running.”

The Manhattan GOP County Committee will vote for Malpass’ successor in early October. Party insiders said only Andrea Catsimatidis has begun seeking their Support, although they mentioned Wall Street Wealth Manager John Burnett, the 2013 GOP Nominee for City Comptroller, as a potential Candidate. However, they said Burnett has not begun reaching out to County Committee Members, and three Sources characterized Andrea Catsimatidis as Malpass’ “likely” Replacement.

In 2014 Andrea Catsimatidis split with her husband, Chris Cox, the Grandson of former President Richard Nixon and the Son of New York State GOP Chairman Ed Cox. That same year Ed Cox appointed Malpass to replace Dan Isaacs, who had let the Manhattan County Organization atrophy so severely that it no longer Legally Constituted a Functioning Committee, allowing the State Boss to take over. The Party’s Internal Structure and Fundraising improved under Malpass, although it has yet to Capture any Elected Office in the Borough.

The next County Chair will have her work cut out for her. It has been years since a Republican won a Seat in Manhattan, although it was not uncommon in the ’80s and ’90s on the Upper East Side, the so-called Silk Stocking District.

The most recent GOP Elected Officials in Manhattan were Rep. Bill Green, State Sen. Roy Goodman, Assemblyman John Ravitz, and City Councilmen Andrew Eristoff and Charles Millard. Eristoff won his seat in 1993, edging Democrat Jane Crotty, two years after Millard became the First Republican in 25 years to win a Manhattan Council Race.

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