Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa cruised to a giant victory because the Republican nominee for mayor, handily defeating rival Fernando Mateo following a feisty and entertaining primary combat, in accordance to Board of Election returns launched Tuesday night time.
“Curtis won and we want to unite the Republican Party and we hope Fernando Mateo will join us,” Sliwa senior marketing campaign adviser Rob Cole instructed the Post.
It was a rout.
Sliwa captured 69 % or 23,698 of the Republican votes to 27 % or 9,292 votes for Mateo, a restaurateur who advocates for bodega house owners and taxi drivers.
More than 82 % of the precincts have been reporting.
The temper was jubilant on the Sliwa marketing campaign occasion on the Empire Steakhouse in Midtown, with Sliwa supporters donned the trademark pink Guardian Angels berets in addition to pink Trump Save American hats.
Sliwa, 67, benefited from superior title recognition and key endorsements from former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, the only real Republican in the New York City congressional delegation.
“Curtis is the guy who can handle the crime problem,” Giuliani mentioned on the victory occasion.
“Curtis is a great candidate. The energy, he out-campaigned everyone. Curtis is absolutely ready to be an excellent mayor. A mayor who will reform the city,” the previous two-term GOP mayor mentioned.
“And New York City needs a Republican mayor the way Chicago does, the way Philadelphia does, the way Baltimore does. The last time we had riots in this city is when we had a Democratic mayor. The last time we had this kind of crime in the city is when we had a Democrat mayor, I think New Yorkers are smart enough to get beyond ‘New Yorkers can’t vote for a [republican]. What are we communist China?”
He credited Sliwa with establishing the Guardian Angels civic crime patrols again in the Eighties when Ed Koch was mayor.
“It became a worldwide movement. He did a better job tackling crime than the mayor,” Giuliani mentioned.
Mateo, 63, was endorsed by former Trump nationwide safety adviser Michael Flynn.
The two Republican candidates threw mud at one another throughout spirited debates.
Sliwa sought to paint Mateo as “de Blasio Republican” for elevating marketing campaign money for the Democratic mayor.
“You raised money for him, straw-purchased donors, which is illegal. You helped elect the man who single-handedly has destroyed this city,” Sliwa mentioned throughout an April debate on WABC radio.
Mateo bundled cash for de Blasio however wasn’t charged with any crime.
“Shame on you, Curtis. You lied. It’s fake news,” Mateo mentioned.
Sliwa additionally rapped Mateo for blaming regulation enforcement for the closure of his restaurant on the Hudson River waterfront, La Marina, which filed for chapter in 2019 over huge debt — and following the drug arrest of a supervisor.
“You were running a criminal enterprise,” Sliwa charged. “All of the sudden you discover you have love for the police.”
Mateo called Sliwa a “Never Trumper” who was a member of the Reform Party and solely not too long ago re-enrolled as a Republlcan. Sliwa voted for unbiased candidate Pierce Brosnan for president final yr.
The Dominican Republic-born Mateo additionally mentioned Sliwa “never owned a business. He’s lived off his nonprofit … You live off the Guardian Angels.”
Sliwa, an animal rights activist, was a radio host at 77 WABC earlier than working for mayor.
Mateo certified for $2 milion in public matching funds and bludgeoned Sliwa on the airwaves in the ultimate days of the race. Sliwa didn’t qualify for matching funds.
He was additionally endorsed by the Manhattan, Queens and Bronx Republican events. Sliwa was backed by the Staten Island and Brooklyn GOP.