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NYC: John 'Cats' reconsiders merits of non-partisan elections
Reflecting on his recent loss in the Republican New York City mayoral primary, high-profile businessman John Catsimatidis says he's rooting for Democratic mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to succeed at the job, but now wonders if Mayor Michael Bloomberg wasn't right when he proposed nonpartisan municipal elections.
Given the system, with its all-important primaries, a relatively small number of New Yorkers determined the outcome. "I was not necessarily a believer," Catsimatidis said of the concept, which was rejected in a referendum a decade ago. "But the election might have made me a believer," he said. "It's something to look at."
He also called for a bipartisan effort to resolve complaints about voting machines and expressed a wider concern about truth and facts in the nation's political dialogue.