GOP candidate for mayor John Catsimatidis picked up the endorsement of the Liberal Party Tuesday, an endorsement he said was a "game changer."
The party was instrumental in Rudolph Giuliani's candidacy for mayor but has lost influence since then.
Catsimatidis said he will bankroll the party's petition drive to ensure he will be on November's ballot.
"I always support my friends. Who am I going to support? My enemies?" he said. "I always support my friends, and I will continue to support my friends, and I'm giving far less money than Bloomberg gave. So give me a break."
"One of the easy things to do would be to say, 'John just bought another toy,' or 'The liberal Party only used to exist for patronage.' What a great combination," said Martin Hassner of the Liberal Party of New York. "So let me just say it to you the way it is. We only ask one thing: that the campaign help the Liberal Party in July circulate petitions."
The party must get 3,750 signatures from registered voters to get on the ballot this fall.