Republican mayoral longshot Curtis Sliwa conceded simply earlier than 10 pm on Nov. 2 at an election gala on fiftieth Avenue and Lexington Avenue in the Empire Steakhouse.
In accordance to the Related Press, Sliwa misplaced to Adams, who gained about 75% of the vote. However how did the Guardian Angel founder and self-professed animal lover find yourself on a stage he wished would lead to Gracie Mansion?
Working as a Republican and impartial, Sliwa hoped his time as a fake police officer in the Guardian Angels, his powerful on crime agenda, and animal rights advocacy would assist lead him to the town’s high workplace. Nonetheless, though Sliwa got here up brief and his faults—which in accordance to exit polls New Yorkers believes he has many—no person can say he didn’t put the work in.
Whereas Adams appeared like a no brainer victory after the Brooklyn Borough President had been positioning himself for a mayoral run, Sliwa was a latecomer to the sport, solely saying his candidacy on March 8, 2020.
Since that point, Sliwa remained on the marketing campaign path nearly each day, talking at occasions the place he was wished and at these the place he was not. Hitting the streets and the subways, the person in pink introduced the Curtis circus throughout New York, however in the tip, it wasn’t sufficient to steal a victory.
At a celebration attended by the likes of Andrew Giuliani and a number of Guardian Angels who started to effectively up, the person who has been in contrast to Donald Trump did one thing the previous president didn’t: gracefully concede.
“I am pledging my support to the new mayor Eric Adams because we’re all going to have to coalesce together in harmony and solidarity. If we’re going to save this city that we love, we gotta put aside our political and ideological differences and do what is best for all the residents of New York City,” Sliwa mentioned to a spherical of applause.
He thanked those that voted him, sharing that his time in the sunshine won’t dim as he’ll proceed to push points that almost all concern him, like that of animal welfare.
“We have made history. We have shown that a Republican independent can show compassion and caring to the emotionally disturbed, the homeless, and for the first time in history of American politics an animal welfare program was introduced to the general public that said no kill shelters,” Sliwa mentioned.
“So understand this, unlike the former president who said many, many years ago, ‘You won’t have me to kick around anymore.’ You will have Curtis Sliwa to kick around,” Sliwa promised.