Andrew Giuliani, the son of former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani, has introduced he’ll run for New York governor subsequent yr.
In an interview with the NY Submit, Giuliani mentioned, “I’m a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA.” He added, “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It is Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We will promote tickets at Madison Sq. Backyard.”
The 35-year-old grew up earlier than New Yorkers’ eyes when he grew to become immediately well-known after stealing the present throughout his father’s 1994 inauguration by hamming it up throughout the elder Giuliani’s speech. The incident was later spoofed by Chris Farley and Kevin Nealon on Saturday Evening Reside.
Giuliani and his youthful sister Caroline additionally weathered a very nasty divorce between his dad and mom that performed out throughout the waning years of Rudy Giuliani’s mayoralty; he introduced they had been separating throughout a press convention in Bryant Park. The kids had been estranged from their father for years, and the youthful Giuliani was “too busy” to assist along with his father’s 2007 presidential marketing campaign.
Father and son (although not Caroline) ultimately patched issues up: After a stint as knowledgeable golfer, Andrew Giuliani labored for President Donald Trump, who additionally employed Giuliani’s father as an legal professional, within the Workplace of Public Liaison. In response to a 2019 story from The Atlantic’s Elaina Plott, “The general public-liaison workplace offers with outreach to exterior coalitions, and several other of the present and former administration officers I spoke to for this story mentioned Giuliani helps prepare sports activities groups’ visits to the White Home.”
Steve Munisteri, who was principal director of the public-liaison workplace and Giuliani’s supervisor from February 2017 to February 2019, advised me that Giuliani fills out his time by serving because the workplace’s consultant at White Home conferences in regards to the opioid disaster.
Others who’ve labored with Giuliani provided a special tackle his White Home tenure. “He doesn’t actually attempt to be concerned in something,” one former senior White Home official advised me, talking on the situation of anonymity with a purpose to be candid. “He’s simply having a pleasant time.”
Whereas Giuliani has by no means run for an election earlier than, he advised the Submit, “I do know we are able to defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022. I’m going to be the 57th governor of New York,” and cited Cuomo’s dealing with of nursing houses and longterm care facilities throughout the pandemic.
“Cuomo didn’t use the USS Consolation ship or the Javits Heart to deal with seniors with COVID. He didn’t need to give President Trump a political victory,” Giuliani claimed.
“I all the time believed that New York will come again. I all the time believed that it’s going to come again. However I do not need to wait until I am a grandfather until it comes again. I need to do it now,” he mentioned on Joe Piscopo’s radio present on Tuesday.
Cuomo was first elected to workplace in 2010, however 2022 could possibly be his largest problem, as he faces a number of investigations over how he dealt with nursing houses in addition to sexual harassment allegations from staffers. Thus far, Rep. Lee Zeldin and former Westchester County Government Rob Astorino have additionally thrown their hat into the ring for the Republican nomination as effectively.
One other Republican, Joel Giambra, can be trying to run in 2022 (after a short unsuccessful run in 2018)—he believes the New York State Democratic Occasion will use any candidate’s ties to Trump as ammunition. “This isn’t Alabama. Joe Biden gained by about two million votes,” he mentioned to the Wall Road Journal. “I don’t understand how any Republican who was a Trump supporter can overcome that type of voter enrollment drawback.”
Andrew Giuliani, who has these days been defending his father, additionally flirted with operating for mayor this yr. When requested in regards to the younger Giuliani’s political aspiration, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned throughout his press briefing, “I do not know Andrew Giuliani. I do not need the maintain the sins of the daddy in opposition to the son, though the son simply acquired carried out working for a president who supported an revolt of america.”
De Blasio added, “This state shouldn’t be going to smile upon who was a Donald Trump supporter or aide.”
Extra reporting by Andy Mai