CITY HALL — Supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis will launch his bid for mayor as a Republican Tuesday at City Hall.
The billionaire owner of the Gristedes supermarket chain, who ranked 132nd on Forbes' 2012 "Richest People in America List," has already plopped $1 million into his campaign coffers, records show.
He is hoping his unpolished, "common billionaire" persona will appeal to voters looking for an alternative to the Democratic field.
“Am I a Republican? Yes. Am I a Democrat? Yes. Am I a conservative? Yes. Am I a liberal? Yes,” he recently tole the New York Times.
“We’re right in the middle. What are we? We’re pro-people. But, we’re also pro-business," he said.
He previously considered running for mayor in 2009, but quietly dropped out of the race when Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his move to run for a third term.
The former Democrat is also known as a powerful fundraiser, and has contributed to pols on both sides of the aisle, including failed Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Rep. Charlie Rangel and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.