A few weeks ago, Bob Scarmadella, the borough’s GOP chairman and Lhota supporter, stepped down from his position. By doing so, this has raised the possibility for third party candidate Aldolfo Carrion’s entry onto the Republican ballot. And then the Borough President endorsed Christine Quinn for Mayor. Most recently, a community board chairman named John Antoneillo, who’s indirect acquaintance with billionaire/mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis, has been eyed for the chairman position.
In other words, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for Joe Lhota’s campaign in Staten Island. But he doesn’t seem to care; if anything, he’s pretty confident at his chances there.
According to Politicker, the Republican hopeful responded to a question on Sunday at the Young Brooklyn Republican Club about his Staten Island likability. And there seems to be no problem: “I am very comfortable in my position with the leadership on Staten Island… I’m not bothered by it at all. I will win in the primary in September. I will have more than enough support on Staten Island.”
As city politics go, Staten Island is a Republican stronghold – a necessary piece if a candidate on the right is going to capture City Hall. It’s a good thing Mr. Lhota has so much optimism going into November. He’s going to need it.