Republican candidate Paul Massey stunned political insiders when he announced last week that he, too, would be dropping out of the mayoral race.
That leaves Brooklyn and Staten Island assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis as the GOP frontrunner and the top contender to challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio in the November General Election.
“Unfortunately, the cost of running for office is extraordinary, and I do not see a path to raising the necessary funds to beat an incumbent mayor,” Massey said in a statement announcing his withdrawal.
Massey’s reason for dropping out is the same one State Senator Tony Avella gave for his decision to bow out of the race back in May. While Massey’s statement was pretty generic, Avella was much more, um, forthcoming. Here’s a bit of what he had to say:
“When I started this campaign five months ago I knew that I was facing an uphill battle if I wanted to topple an incumbent mayor with deep pockets. Though uphill, the battle was not impossible. If able to stay in this race the entire way I knew that with my resume, coupled with the incumbent’s disrespect, disregard, and disdain for the everyday New Yorker, my message could resonate with New York. Five months later, however, I have found that staying in this race without being beholden to dark money is becoming increasingly difficult.”
The real question now is, who will the Queens County Republican Party leadership back now that their preferred candidate is out of the race? Sources tell us that Councilman Eric Ulrich is still trying to convince the party to back renegade candidate Bo Dietl, even though his efforts to change his registration to the Republican Party have proven fruitless up to this point.