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Nonprofit Founder Jumps Into Mayoral Race

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George McDonald, founder of the nonprofit group the Doe Fund, announced Thursday he will run for mayor on the Republican ticket. NY1's Bobby Cuza has the story.

George McDonald kicked off his dark-horse candidacy Thursday at Grand Central Terminal, where his experiences helping the homeless more than 25 years ago led him to create the Doe Fund, now a $50 million a year nonprofit that provides the homeless with jobs.

“My wife, Harriet, and I built The Doe Fund from nothing except a bedrock belief in America and that anyone can climb the economic ladder if provided an opportunity and a paying job,” McDonald said.

Surrounded by some of the program’s success stories and his family, McDonald made a bold promise if elected -- 100 percent employment citywide.

“Every New Yorker who wants a job should have a job,” McDonald said.

A lifelong Democrat who only recently changed his party affiliation in anticipation of a run for mayor, McDonald nonetheless says he’s definitely a Republican and even supported Mitt Romney for president.

He played off of Romney’s now infamous remarks saying 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government.

“I know something about the 47 percent. I have worked with them each and every day,” McDonald said. “The best way to empower the 47 percent is to help them find a job and then let them keep as much of what they earn themselves.”

McDonald offered no policy specifics Thursday.

He says he’ll get to them during a long campaign in which he’ll face a Republican primary field that could include former MTA chief Joe Lhota, former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion, supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis and publisher Tom Allon.

The list seems to grow by the day.

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