Πέμπτη, 7 Μαρτίου 2013

John Catsimatidis: Climbing mountains...

 
 
The National Herald
 
Commentary: Climbing mountains, all his life
By A. H Diamataris

He’s been climbing mountains all his life
It is the topic of discussion throughout the community: The recently announced candidacy of John Catsimatidis for Mayor of New York.
Will he be elected or not, I am often asked.
There are no prophets especially in politics. From one day to the next, a lot can happen. But here it is:
First, ...Catsimatidis will surprise a lot of people who do not believe, at this stage, that he has a serious chance of mayor.
That's mainly because he has the gift of being able to communicate with the average citizens. He is humble, he understands them, he knows their problems, despite the fact that he is rich.
Second, it is clear that he has decided to seek the office of mayor after serious thought and careful study of the political scene.
I recall that in the past he had expressed a desire to run for mayor, but pulled back after carefully weighing the facts.
Third, the community should support him monokouki –total support-not only because he has a Greek name, but also because he is a true member of the community.
See, for example, what he told Cindy Adams in yesterday’s New York Post:
“Look, I’ve climbed mountains all my life. I’m from little Greek island Nisyros, where I could’ve stayed a sheep herder. My busboy father, who never made waiter, moved here. To 135th Street. Today I live in that restaurant owner’s same Fifth Avenue apartment.
“I’ve always climbed mountains. Working in a supermarket, 80 hours a week, $1.10 an hour — cashiers got $1.20 — my tip was 2 cents a bottle, 10 bottles — then I borrowed money and bought the supermarket. In ’77, I started buying properties, one a month. I got a pilot’s license. Bought Roy Disney’s plane. Bought Capitol Airlines with offices in 15 cities. Board member Sen. Fred Thompson had me write a check to Al Gore, and that started me on politics.
“A trustee for my airline was trustee for an oil company. I bought that company. We wrote the deal on a napkin.
“Listen, I once made a landing by myself, with one engine out. I was alone. I don’t like being alone. But I don’t sweat. Other candidates did 10 times worse things than I’ve done. Make my day. Let them go after me.
“I’ve never said no to anybody. I’m 64. A New York Republicrat who wants the next century’s kids to believe in heroes again.
“In ICU, 10 minutes after coming out of the operating room, I wanted my BlackBerry. I love life. I love my family. I love New York City.”
And he loves the Greek-American community Greece and Cyprus

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