Crony Claims Giuliani Needed “Stents” After Back Pat

The New York Daily News reports:

Get out the violin. John Catsimatidis — the former mayoral candidate, radio host and supermarket magnate — rushed to Rudy Giuliani’s defense during a radio interview with Mayor Adams on Friday, saying the former mayor had a medical procedure after making the accusation that a man who patted him on the back actually assaulted him.

“I want you to know that Mayor Giuliani was in a weak state of mind because of the fact he wasn’t breathing well,” said Catsimatidis during a call-in interview with Adams on his WABC talk show. “He’s been like that for 30 days, and on Tuesday, right after that weekend, he had stents put in to bring back his oxygen count up.”

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Catsimatidis is the billionaire owner of the eternally grimy NYC grocery chain Gristedes, which to me always feels like an excellent place to get tetanus.

He’s also the owner of the once iconic WABC-AM – arguably the birthplace of rock and roll radio – but now a far-right talk cesspool that hosts shows by Giuliani, Charlie Kirk, Brian Kilmeade, and Bill O’Reilly.

Catsimatidis ran for mayor in 2013, finishing second in the Republican primary.