Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew has announced that he plans to run for governor in New York in 2022 making him a challenger to the current Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Giuliani spoke with the Washington Examiner and outlined his potential path to victory.
“Outside of anybody named Trump, I think I have the best chance to win and take the state back, and I think there’s an opportunity in 2022 with a wounded Democratic candidate, whether it’s going to be Governor Cuomo, whether it’s going to be a radical [Attorney General] Letitia James, whether it’s going to be a no-name lieutenant governor, I think there’s a very, very real chance to win,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani held the title “Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison,” in the Trump administration.
Cuomo was expected to run for a fourth term before multiple sexual misconduct charges were made. New York is currently running two investigations into the matter. Now Cuomo’s political future is in question.
Giuliani stated that once he meets with the Republican Party, he will take steps toward building his campaign, but adds that he will focus on the effects from Cuomo’s tenure which he says has “run the state into the ground,” resulting in New Yorkers leaving the state entirely.
Giuliani went on to state that he believes the state’s woes are due to “a combination of bail reform, increased taxes, and plummeting quality of life.”
Back in March, Republican congressman Lee Zeldin had indicated that she was considering challenging Cuomo.
“With his nursing home cover-up & abuse coming more to light, it’s clear #CuomosGottaGo. As an NYer, I can’t sit back as Cuomo attacks our freedoms, our wallets & our safety. After many msgs of encouragement & discussing w/ my fam, I’m actively exploring a 2022 run for Gov of NY,” Zeldin tweeted.
Reportedly, Guiliani has been encouraged to run by several big donors and allies, including former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. He is also reportedly still very close to several advisors from Trump’s administration.
“Andrew worked tirelessly for President Trump in the White House while still having a smile on his face every day.” And, he added, “I know that he was specifically focused on issues vital to New Yorkers, including getting funds to 9/11 first responders and working to ensure that relief for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be included in the CARES Act,” stated Boris Epsheyn a political strategist who worked closely with Trump.
Trump has also been reportedly advising Giuliani though he has not stated what candidate he will endorse yet. Giuliani shared that he considers Trump as an “uncle” because the two families have been close for decades. The two often golfed together during Trump’s presidency.
Giuliani, 35, is a former golf executive who has been described as unusually smart and diplomatic. He is employed by Newsmax as a political commentator.
“Andrew is a bright and articulate young conservative, and we’re glad he’s part of the Newsmax lineup,” stated Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy.
Giuliani’s parents are divorced. His mother, Donna Hanover, is married to real estate executive Zivile Rezgyte.
Giuliani said he plans to formalize his campaign after meeting with the Republican Party on April 19.
However, Giuliani has already organized a platform that will challenge Cuomo’s handling of crime, taxes, education, and more.
“Whoever ends up winning is going to have to implement the Giuliani playbook on public safety, so who better to do that than a Giuliani?” Giuliani said.
“New York is going to be one of two states over the last decade to lose population. It just shows how terribly Cuomo has run the state into the ground, and the truth is the assembly in state Senate is to blame as well. It’s a combination of bail reform, increased taxes, and plummeting quality of life. So, I think people will have to determine whether I am, you know, Giuliani 2.0 or whether I’m a new thing. I look forward to making my case and letting New Yorkers determine that for themselves,” he added,