Andrea Catsimatidis is a billionaire heiress, business bombshell, jet-setter, NYC native and chairwoman of the Manhattan Republican Party — and that’s just according to her Instagram bio.
Like her father, one-time mayoral candidate and Gristedes supermarket owner John Catsimatidis, Andrea has taken on an increasingly active role in Big Apple politics.
“For me it’s my service to my country because, at my very core, I am a patriot. Nothing means more to me than the United States of America,” said the 29-year-old of why she’s leading Manhattan’s GOP.
The work, which is unpaid, can be a challenge on the heavily Democratic island, and much of Andrea’s role consists of persuading Republicans to enter races they will almost certainly lose. Then there’s the even more difficult task of raising money for them.
An Upper East Side fundraiser she headlined last month for Staten Island City Councilman Joe Borelli, who is running a long-shot race for public advocate, drew a few dozen people.
Occasionally things can even get dangerous, like when the Manhattan GOP headquarters was vandalized by far left “antifa” protesters in October 2018.
“I felt like my safety was threatened,” said Andrea. “They left a note saying they wouldn’t be civil.” She added that she wouldn’t dare wear a MAGA hat in New York City.
“I would be scared for my safety.”
Still, she has plenty of devoted fans: More than 43,000 Instagram followers who have watched her romp around the world’s most exclusive beaches in bikinis.
“I love Mykonos. That is the best place to be in the summer,” she said. “When I have to go close, I love going to Miami, that is my second spot. New York-quality food, but with better weather and better taxis.”
And then of course there is Dubai, the Bahamas and Lake Como. And Andrea, who serves as an executive in her father’s Red Apple Group, also enjoys summer at her family’s sprawling estate in East Quogue in the Hamptons. (But this year, for the Fourth of July, she hung around the city with friends.)
Her family connections give her entrée to Manhattan’s most rarified social circles, including to Donald Trump. In fact, she said, it was the president who convinced her father to throw her a “dream wedding” to attorney Christopher Nixon Cox in 2011. The gala at the Waldorf Astoria drew 700 people, including Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton.
Although she and Cox, the grandson of Richard Nixon, filed for divorce in 2014, Andrea said: “He is my best friend … and trusted adviser, and I am very glad to have him in my life.”
Now single, she admitted she is not a fan of Tinder or any of the other dating apps.
“The people that you meet on those apps …” Andrea said, trailing off. “It’s just not for me.”
She may be a rising GOP star, but the heiress has no plans to run for public office. Instead, she wants to invest herself more in the family business. And although she “can’t defend every tweet” of the president’s, she is backing him “100 percent” in 2020.
“People in this country have more money in their pockets. The middle class has more jobs, how can you not support him?” Andrea said. “I have met him a number of times and he has always been kind to me.”
Getting past the bikinis, Andrea’s Instagram can also get political. There’s a photo of her with Don. Jr and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle, and in one video from last December, the scantily clad heiress piled sand into a heap — captioning it, “I’m just going to go build the wall myself …”
And if bikinis are what it takes to recruit for the GOP, she’s ready and willing. Even if some of the party’s more buttoned-up members aren’t too sure about it.
“This is who I am as a person. I am very confident about who I am and people pay attention to that stuff,” she said. “So many feminists dress like a man and try and act like a man in order to succeed. To me what it really means to be a feminist is to embrace what you have.”