This cat has nine lives.
Curtis Sliwa, the cat-friendly GOP mayoral candidate who once survived an alleged botched mob removal operation, was hit by a cab Friday on his way to a radio show and is receiving treatment at Lenox Hill Hospital.
“As I was running here to fulfill the watch I bought for this show on Eric Adams, the cab driver hit me, pushing me about 6 feet into the air outside Rockefeller Center, where the Rockets perform,” Sliwa said. WABC broadcast Friday afternoon during a paid venue he had taken out on a show to go after his Democratic opponent, Eric Adams.
“I have a feeling this taxi driver and others thought I was dead,” Sliwa said about 45 minutes into the race.
“I flew into the air about 6 feet away, ran up and started running in order to get here in time. I just want to excuse this cab driver because I’m sure the cab driver thought he killed me. … I was trying to beat the light And get to the other side before the change ends,” Pray continued.
is later sarcastic on twitter“Don’t worry, everyone. The taxi is fine.”
Rob Cole, a senior adviser to the Sliwa campaign, told The Post that the “adrenaline” got the red-hatted guard during the radio hour, but he started to swell and had trouble moving afterward.
“His left arm hurts badly,” said Cole, who was accompanied by Sliwa in the emergency room where the Guardian Angel founder was having an x-ray.
“He ripped his pants so badly. He scraped his knees and arms,” Cole said.
Cole said Sliwa, 67, was getting out of the campaign truck when he got into traffic at West 50th Street and was hit by the taxi.
“No police report was filed because if five bullets didn’t kill him, a yellow cab wouldn’t get him,” Cole said, referring to the botched blow to Sliwa in 1992 that was believed to have been orchestrated by John of the Gambino family. gotti.
The Sliwa campaign suspended the rest of its activities on Friday.
Sliwa has a history of fabricating incidents for propaganda, including planning a kidnapping in 1983.
He trails Adams in a recent poll by 40 points from the November 2 general election.
Adams wished his opponent a speedy recovery.
“I just learned that Mr. Sliwa was hit by a yellow cab while campaigning today, and that he is being treated at Lenox Hill Hospital,” Adams wrote on Twitter.
“I wish him a speedy recovery, and hope to see him back on the trail this weekend.”