Mayoral candidate Tom Allon switches parties, will run as a Republican

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Presented with a crowded Democratic field, mayoral candidate Tom Allon announced a party switch with an eye on the GOP nomination.

The CEO of Manhattan Media announced the decision next to a statue of President Theodore Roosevelt at the Museum of Natural History. He will try to follow in the footsteps of Mayor Michael Bloomberg who successfully switched his party allegiance prior to his successful run for mayor.

“New York’s one-party dominated system is now plagued with systemic corruption,” Allon said to the New York Times. “The upcoming Democratic mayoral primary will be a circus dominated by special interests and career politicians.”

The field for the Democratic nomination is crowded with the primary likely to include Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and former Comptroller Bill Thompson.

In an August Quinnipiac poll, Allon was running sixth behind the other Democratic candidates with just 1 percent of voters saying they were likely to vote for him.

Allon will likely face George McDonald, Founder of the DOE Fund, who also recently switched parties, in the primary. Businessman John Catsimatidis has said he is also considering a run.