NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Lhota (LOH'-tuh) spent more than 30 years behind the scenes in New York City's halls of power.
He helped run Madison Square Garden and was deputy mayor to Rudolph Giuliani.
Now, as the Republican nominee for mayor, one of the city's top supporting actors has the stage to himself.
But he faces long odds, down 40 points in the polls to Democrat Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh). One pundit says Lhota has little chance to win "unless there's a disaster."
But Lhota, who received acclaim for steering the city's transit agency through Superstorm Sandy, says he loves "being in the underdog position." A cancer survivor, he is touting his strong roots in the city and his "executive-level experience."
The general election is Nov. 5.