A longshot congressional candidate in Manhattan apparently makes for a sure-fire winner on reality television. Nick Di Iorio, a Republican challenging veteran Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney, has been signed to star in a proposed reality show about candidates running in “unwinnable” races. In a draft opinion released Monday, the Federal Election Commission said Di Iorio can appear on the series — as long as he doesn’t get paid. Di Iorio and his campaign manager, Joseph Shippeee, have a production deal to do the show if the project is picked up by the Esquire network, a new channel that is set to debut this fall, Shippee told the commission.
The producers are “interested in exploring the motivations, trials, and tribulations of some candidates running in races considered unwinnable,” Shippee wrote.
The show would “feature two congressional candidates running in districts where their odds of winning are very low. Nick appears to fit this description: He is running as a Republican in New York City.”
Maloney, a member of Congress for 23 years, is considered an overwhelming favorite in the November election.