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Post: Doe Fund founder to announce GOP mayoral run Thursday


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George McDonald, an advocate for the homeless, is gearing up to run for mayor as a Republican, the New York Post is reporting.

McDonald, who according to The Post paid himself nearly $500,000 in 2011, is joining what is shaping out to be an unexpected Republican primary for City Hall. He is expected to make his formal announcement at Grand Central Terminal this Thursday.

Former MTA Chair Joseph Lhota is expected to make his official bid later this month, after stepping down on December 31 to explore a run for mayor. Lhota served as a budget director and deputy mayor during the Giuliani Administration. He is expected to have the full backing of “America’s Mayor.”

McDonald heads The Doe Fund, established in 1985 to help homeless men and women get back to work and on their feet.

The Daily News reported in August that McDonald was entertaining the idea of the run – but little came from the news. He’ll also join potentials like John Catsimatidis, a grocery chain store owner, and former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrión as the best Republican candidate.

Whoever wins the race could face one of several Democrats vying for City Hall. This includes City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Public Advocate Bill de Blasio; Comptroller John Lui; and former Comptroller and 2009 mayoral candidate Bill Thompson.

Despite an overwhelmingly Democratic City Council, the Republicans have virtually held the Mayor’s Office for 20 years. Giuliani won in 1993 and 1997; Mayor Michael Bloomberg won as a Republican in 2001 and 2005 before running as an independent in 2009.

Patrolmen’s organization endorses Ulrich in State Senate primary


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The time till voting is getting smaller, but the list of endorsements is growing.

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) endorsed on Wednesday, August 29 Councilmember Eric Ulrich for the 15th State Senate District.

“On behalf of the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, Inc., I am pleased to announce our endorsement of your candidacy for State Senate in the 15th Senatorial District for the Republican Primary on September 13, 2012,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch wrote in a letter to Ulrich. “Your proven track record and commitment to law enforcement are well recognized.”

This is the second civil servant organization to endorse Ulrich in his state primary run. Earlier in August, the Uniformed Firefighter Association threw their support to Ulrich in his race against fellow Republican Juan Reyes.

Turner’s attention turns toward helping Long in Senate race


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After Congressmember Bob Turner’s loss in the U.S. Senate Republican primary, it is unclear what he’ll do next, as his district will be split up at the end of this year.

Turner lost the Republican primary to Manhattan lawyer Wendy Long — who will now run against incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Despite the loss — and a major endorsement from former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani — Turner said after Long’s victory that he would work to support the nominee in her run against Gillibrand.

“I pledge to work with Ms. Long to unite all Republicans and Conservatives in the effort to defeat Kirsten Gillibrand in November,” he said.

Turner, a Queens native, recently made headlines when he protested a principal’s decision not to have children sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” at P.S. 90’s moving up ceremony. Turner showed up at the Brooklyn school with a group of flag-waving children, who sang a rendition of the 1984 country music hit.

Before seeking a life in public office, Turner worked in media entertainment companies. He retired in 2003. Turner, according to his congressional biography, spent his entire life living within District 9.

The former cable executive twill have served just more than a year on Capitol Hill, representing areas including Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven, Maspeth and the Rockaways. These neighborhoods will now be part of Districts 6, 7 and 8.

Turner won the special election last September, beating out State Assemblymember David Weprin following the resignation of Anthony Weiner, and became the first Republican to hold the seat since 1922. Prior to that, he ran against Weiner in the 2010 Congressional election.

“This is a historic race,” Turner said upon his 2011 victory.

Repeated calls to Turner’s representatives for comment on future plans were not returned.