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Hours Before Debate, GOP Mayoral Candidate Takes Swing at Rival

by Gotham Gazette Staff, Jul 10, 2013

It might be hours before the first televised Republican debate, but candidate George McDonald is preemptively swinging at one of his two GOP rivals.

The Doe Fund founder took to Twitter and linked to a post on an employment law firm’s blog on how a court affirmed that Catsimatidis is personally liable to his supermarket chain’s employees for lost overtime wages.

Despite McDonald’s attempt to revive the issue, the Catsimatidis campaign argued today that the particulars of the case and back pay were settled years ago.

"It’s sad," Catsimatidis spokesman Rob Ryan said. “George McDonald is losing this race and he’s grasping at straws trying to make news.

As owner of the Gristedes and Red Apple supermarkets, Catsimatidis had appealed a suit originally filed in 2004 when employees didn’t receive pay due to them.

The Second Circuit Court reaffirmed the lower court’s decision, tossing out the supermarket mogul’s argument that he wasn’t involved in the day-to-day decision making that led to the withheld wages.

Tonight’s debate airs at 7 p.m. on NY1, and will be streamed for free on www.ny1.com.

— Chester Soria

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