June 12, 2011 Chris Libramonte

Sunday June 12 John Catsimatidis, Bill DeBlasio

Gotham Talk Radio’s “In Your Face Politics” show this Sunday featured an interview with potential New York City Mayoral Candidate, John Catsimatidis. The show, hosted by New York Politicos Brad Gerstman & David Schwartz, covered big events of the week, including, of course, the controversy surrounding Representative Anthony Weiner.

“The FBI has an obligation to investigate whether any of the communications were made to underage women…. I think he should step down” Catsimatidis said.

The show then switched gears to focus on rising oil prices.

“Ten, fifteen , twenty years ago, the only people that bought hedges on oil were the actual crude suppliers, the refiners that hedges their product based on the futures,” Catsimatidis said. “So what does that mean? Eighty percent ten years ago were made by the crude suppliers, etc. and twenty percent by speculators. Well, guess what? It has reversed itself. Now eighty percent are the hedge funds, speculators betting on oil so when they watch when they watch CNBC or Fox News or Bloomberg, and when they hear, ‘Oh the sheik, pardon my language, farted in Dubai, then all the speculators rush to buy.”

“Catsimatidis has a real understanding of domestic and foreign affairs, and while his commentary is provocative, he makes some very valid points,” Gerstman said.

Also featured on the show was NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, who discussed local New York City politics, and Mayor Bloomberg.

“He (Bloomberg) said he wanted to stick around,” said de Blasio. “He, in my opinion, turned democracy on its head and did something incredibly un-democratic and then seemed to lose interest. And you can see it: the decision on Kathy Black is one of the most obvious. The way he handled the snow storm. This is not a hands on mayor at this point”

“Catsimatidis and Deblasio are both potential mayoral candidates and are extremely insightful and both deeply love New York,” Schwartz said.

“In Your Face Politics” is a key show on The Apple’s provocative line-up of nationally syndicated shows, with hosts like Dennis Miller, Bill Bennett and NY’s own, Curtis Sliwa.

Brad Gerstman and David Schwartz are founding partners of Gotham Government Relations & Communications, one of New York’s State leading full-service advocacy firms.

The 50,000 watt AM 970 can be heard everywhere in the Metropolitan area and streams live 24 hours a day on www.am970theapple.com. Those not in the Metropolitan area can hear this week’s and previous broadcasts of Gotham Talk Radio on the show’s live stream, http://gothamtalkradio.net/. Listeners should submit their questions & comments via Twitter, @GothamTalkRadio, to hear them read aloud on the air.


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