John Catsimatidis, who failed in his 2013 bid for the Republican nomination for mayor, said Monday that he will not challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.
“I have no plans on running,” Catsimatidis tweeted, following a New York Post column that said he’s throwing his hat in the ring.
Catsimatidis, a supermarket magnate and radio host, had appeared to leave the door open to a new mayoral bid on his show Sunday on 970/AM radio.
“Do I want to run for mayor? Look, I love New York. I want the best for New York,” he said before commending de Blasio’s commissioner picks for NYPD, FDNY and the Department of Sanitation.
“ ... We have a presidential race to run. Let’s run the presidential race and we’ll look at it in the future,” Catsimatidis said.
In his tweet Monday, Catsimatidis was responding to a tweet by 2013 GOP mayoral nominee Joe Lhota, who was encouraging City Council Member Eric Ulrich to run.
“#NeverCats,” wrote Lhota, an executive at NYU Langone Medical Center.
Ulrich, a moderate Republican who represents outer Queens, has filed paperwork with the city Board of Elections to form an exploratory committee called “Ulrich 2017.”
Lhota, who lost in 2013 to de Blasio, a Democrat, is a former deputy mayor, MTA chairman and Cablevision executive. Cablevision owns Newsday and amNewYork.