NEW YORK – Greek-American self-made billionaire John Catsimatidis, who ran a strong but ultimately unsuccessful race for Mayor of New York City in 2013, may have stepped aside from electoral politics for the time being – he has neither confirmed that he will seek public office again, or that he will not – but over the past year has hosted one of the more provocative political shows anywhere in the country.
Cats Roundtable, which can be heard on Sunday mornings on 970AM Radio – and which is available on the Internet on Live Time as well as in archived podcasts – has a local version as well, but it is the national edition that often makes headlines in other media outlets, largely due to the news made, through their statements, by Catsimatidis’ consistent array of impressive guests.
Just over the past month, for example, three nationally-known guests introduced or reiterated comments that have been the buzz among politicos from coast to coast.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who prompted a firestorm of backlash for his declaration that he doesn’t think President Obama loves America – incidentally, he first made the comment at a dinner that Catsimatidis hosted – appeared on Cats Roundtable shortly thereafter to elaborate. Rather than backtrack from his remarks, Giuliani doubled down, explaining why he thinks the president does not love America “the way you or I do.”
Next, there was Dick Morris, a veteran of the Clinton White House who was arguably the president’s most influential advisor during his first term. Morris resigned before the 1996 election and soon became a political analyst, mostly appearing on the Fox News Channel and mostly disparaging the Clintons. On Cats Roundtable, Morris declared that President Obama does not want Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, and clearly prefers Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, fast becoming the preeminent voice of the Democratic Party’s progressive wing. Morris further elaborated, contending that White House adviser Valerie Jarrett was instrumental in perpetuating the email scandal that currently threatens Hillary’s presidential viability, adding that both Jarrett and First Lady Michelle Obama “hate” her.
Following Morris on that same broadcast was former Massachusetts Governor and 1988 Democratic Presidential Nominee Michael Dukakis. The Greek-American, now in his early eighties, who is happily immersed in academia but still dabbles in politics, spoke about how he is not afraid of ISIS. He thinks “ISIS will be crushed,” because most governments “don’t want these guys in the neighborhood.” But Dukakis wonders why we continue to spend billions of dollars on defense, for state-of-the-art weapons, aircraft, and sea vessels that ISIS “doesn’t even care about.”
Besides being a longtime friend of the Clintons – Hillary, despite the email scandal, as of this writing remains the odds-on favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and the White House – Catsimatidis has been a strong supporter of Republican candidates. Through Cats Roundtable, he has interviewed the majority of the 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls.
On March 29, Catsimatidis had a busy day. He is Chairman Emeritus of the New York City Greek Independence Parade, but he made sure host his radio show that morning, too.