Former Real Housewives of New York cast member Barbara Kavovit lasted one season in her “friend of” role for Luann de Lesseps. Barbara was a staunch defender of Luann, when most of the cast had given up on her at the time. Unfortunately for Barbara, she just couldn’t quite make it work with most of the ladies, ahem…Ramona Singer and Dorinda Medley. She even ended up losing her friendship with Luann. Sadly, Luann confirmed they are still on the outs during the last episode of the season 12 reunion when she agreed Barbara was a one hit wonder like Elyse Slaine.
Even though Barbara and Luann had a falling out, Barbara shared she still keeps in touch with former castmates Bethenny Frankel and Tinsley Mortimer. In the end, the construction business mogul was probably too normal and nice for the cast. Being the voice of reason on the show doesn’t get you far. After she left the show, Barbara kept herself busy demolishing the old offices of Harvey Weinstein. And now, Barbara announced she is up for a new challenge. One that is quite a bit tougher than being a cast member of the RHONY.
Residents of New York City will be voting for a new mayor in November 2021, when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term ends. And Barbara wants to fill those shoes. In an interview with Page Six, Barbara announced she is “strongly considering” running for mayor of NYC, and even “has a campaign manager helping her behind-the-scenes.”
If I had to predict which RHONY housewife would have run for mayor first, my pick would have been Bethenny hands down. But, Barbara knows her way around running her own business, so kudos to her! Barbara noted on her chances, “Well, I have to say, if Donald Trump could be President of the United States, I can be Mayor of New York City.”
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What ultimately pushed Barbara to decide to run for office was when she realized she felt “unsafe on the street” in her own city. To combat this, Barbara said she wants to, “rebuild a safer and more inclusive New York City.” It wasn’t clear as to what made Barbara feel unsafe, but she reiterated, “So I feel like the city is not a safe place. So if it’s not safe, people don’t want to come to New York City. People don’t want to stay in New York City.”
Barbara also wants to “pursue the campaign as a ‘tough Democrat.’” She said, “I’m not going to stand for crime. I am going to help businesses. I am going to promote a safer New York City, very structured, so people feel comfortable about being here, so they want to have their business here. So they want to go on the subway and go to work.”
Barbara has about one year to build her case and get the people of New York to vote this “tough Democrat” into office. I’m sure her experience on RHONY helped prepare her for all the different kinds of
sociopaths personalities she’s going to have to interact with in the political world. Best of luck to Barbara on the road ahead!
TELL US – WOULD YOU VOTE FOR BARBARA TO BE MAYOR OF NYC? WHICH RHONY HOUSEWIVE WOULD MAKE THE BEST MAYOR? DO YOU THINK BARBARA SHOULD HAVE STAYED ON THE HOUSEWIVES FOR LONGER THAN ONE SEASON?
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