For Republican New York City mayoral hopeful George McDonald, the more the merrier in the GOP primary.

In a letter to the city’s Republican chairmen, McDonald is pushing for Democrat-come-independent Adolfo Carrion to be included in the primary campaign.

From his letter:

We must have a more inclusive party that welcomes all New Yorkers with a message of opportunity and independence. To that end, we must make extraordinary efforts to actively reach out to communities that have felt disregarded by our party and invite them in to be a part of the process.

That is why I am writing to encourage you to provide former Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion an opportunity to compete in the Republican primary. Adolfo’s candidacy is an opportunity for the party to demonstrate to all New Yorkers that Republicans do care about having a party that is diverse as the people who call it home.

Adolfo is an accomplished public servant and already has the support of two county chairmen; I believe you should collectively, without endorsing his candidacy, endorse his opportunity to compete.

At first glance, it seems a little unusual that a candidate would want MORE opponents in a primary race, especially in one that’s become a bit crowded thanks in part to the presence of Joe Lhota, the former MTA chairman.

But McDonald seems to be pursuing both a long and short game here of courting Hispanic voters and banking on the Republican voters in the city who want to actually expand the party, along with improving its brand to appear more inclusive.

Meanwhile, with Carrion in the primary, liberal-leaning Republican voters could be split over Lhota and supermarket magnate John Catsimatidis, providing something of an opening for McDonald.