He made headlines for years as the founder of the Guardian Angels and as a combative host on Big Apple radio stations — but Curtis Sliwa conceded Tuesday night he won’t be making them as mayor of New York City.
Sliwa conceded around 9:30 pm, as early results showed him 40 percentage points behind Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.
However, Sliwa told his supporters at his Election Night party in crowded room at a Midtown steakhouse that he wasn’t going anywhere — and quoted disgraced ex-President Richard Nixon in the process.
“Understand this, unlike a former president who said many, many years ago, ‘you won’t have me to kick around anymore’ — you will have Curtis Sliwa to kick around,” the Republican mayoral nominee said.
“I proved to everyone that I could go into neighborhoods where the only Republican they ever saw was Abraham Lincoln on a $5 bill — and be accepted, received and given equal treatment,” he continued. “We have to carry this movement on.”
“We are providing a new direction — we are the new face of the Republican Party that’s desperately needed in New York City.”
Sliwa netted 28.7 percent of the vote with 76 percent of the precincts reporting, according to figures from the city Board of Elections.
That’s just 1 percentage point better than the 27.6 percent won by Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis when she challenged outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio in 2017.