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Celeste Katz: Joe Lhota Will Decline Libertarian Party Nomination; Won’t Co-Star With Kristin Davis

The following is an April 10th article by Celeste Katz, published on the New York Daily News website.

Republican Joe Lhota may appear on Libertarian Party petitions alongside “Manhattan Madam” Kristin Davis, but he won’t be showing up on the ballot as her running mate.

“Joe Lhota did not seek the Libertarian line and he will not accept it,” spox Susan Del Percio emailed the Daily News this morning in response to a story about the party endorsing Lhota for mayor at its convention Tuesday night. “While he cannot stop this group from circulating petitions with his name, he will decline the nomination at the earliest possible time under state election law.”

Lhota, as I pointed out in my earlier item, does have some Libertarian leanings. For example, he believes pot should be decriminalized. (He also thinks it should be regulated and taxed.)

And GOP candidates in Democrat-heavy NYC typically win by expanding their appeal by carrying additional third-party lines.

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  1. paulie paulie April 11, 2013

    Somehow, I think this story isn’t over yet.

    Me too. What’s plan B? No mayoral candidate? New convention?

    And, are you prepared for Stone bringing his clown car of new LP members to the state convention like they did to the City?

  2. mARS mARS April 11, 2013

    Independence is behind Carrion. We could potentially have a 3-way race for Mayor, depending on who gets the Democratic and Republican nods.

  3. johnO johnO April 10, 2013

    I still think he’ll take the crossover votes. He’s probably going to need the Conservative line as well. Working Families are joined at the hip with hack D’s. Not sure if Independence will help him. Green Party and other small parties will probably not help him.

  4. Mark Axinn Mark Axinn April 10, 2013

    This was almost as big a surprise as Kristen turning down the nomination and advising the attendees that she was supporting Joe Lhota for Mayor.

    I fully anticipated that she was going to be the nominee for Mayor.

    Somehow, I think this story isn’t over yet.

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