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Politics Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race

06:50  23 june  2021
06:50  23 june  2021 Source:   thehill.com

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Curtis Sliwa won the Republican primary in the New York mayor ’ s race on Tuesday, setting up a long-shot challenge in November to the Democratic Party’s eventual nominee. With a significant portion of votes counted, Mr. Sliwa was beating Fernando Mateo by over 40 percentage points, according to With public attention on crime and safety increasing amid the city ’s efforts to move past the coronavirus pandemic, both Republican candidates this year sought to claim the law-and-order mantle. But Mr. Sliwa , the founder of the Guardian Angels , a group of self-appointed crime fighters, may have been

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa cruised to a big victory as the Republican nominee for mayor , handily defeating rival Fernando Mateo following a feisty and entertaining primary fight, according to Board of Election returns released Tuesday night. Sliwa , 67, benefited from superior name recognition and key endorsements from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, the sole Republican in the New York City congressional delegation. “ Curtis is the guy who can handle the crime problem,” Giuliani said at the victory party.

Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa won the GOP mayoral primary in New York City on Tuesday, though he faces low odds of winning November's general election.

Curtis Sliwa wearing a suit and tie: Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race © Facebook: Curtis Sliwa Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa wins GOP primary in NYC mayor's race

Sliwa was declared the winner over restaurateur Fernando Mateo with an over 40-point lead with nearly 70 percent of votes tallied.

Both candidates waged bitter campaigns centered around support for law enforcement amid a rise in violent crime in the city. Sliwa, who founded a group of volunteer crime fighters without any legal authorization, cast himself as uniquely qualified to reverse the spike and said he would hire 3,000 more police officers.

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The top GOP candidate in Tuesday' s closely watched New York City mayoral primary is Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa –whose decades-long, get-tough-on-crime platform appears to be getting little traction with crime-worried voters in the largely liberal city. Sliwa started what eventually became the red-beret wearing Angles brigade in 1977, in an effort to rid the city' s subway system of crime. Now, despite crime being up roughly 22% in NYC , compared to this time last year, Sliwa is still far behind in the polls – in a so-called "ranked-choice" election in which the top four candidates, regardless of party

The founder of the Guardian Angels , Curtis Sliwa , has announced that he will run in the New York City mayoral race as a Republican. Sliwa started the Guardian Angels Safety Patrol nonprofit organization in 1979 while Ed Koch was the New York City mayor and the crime rate in the city was high, as policing was insufficient to control it. His organization often found itself at odds with police in the past, but now he is championing refunding law enforcement in the midst of the defunding by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "Luckily, there was no social networking back then because Ed Koch was

Sliwa, also a radio host, won the endorsement of Rudy Giuliani, a personal lawyer for former President Trump who was elected New York City's mayor as a Republican in 1993.

However, the New York City of today is much different than the one Giuliani led in the 1990s.

Democrats have since established a deep stronghold in four out of the city's five boroughs and have a yawning voter registration advantage over the GOP, making the ultimate victor of the Democratic primary the overwhelming favorite to win the November general election.

A winner has not yet been declared in the Democratic primary, which is using ranked choice voting and will not likely be called until next month.

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