Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, announced his candidacy for the state’s gubernatorial race Tuesday.
Giuliani, 35, will fight against three-term beleaguered Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running to serve his fourth term as leader of the Empire State.
“I’m a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA,” Andrew Giuliani told the New York Post, referring to the elder Giuliani’s time as mayor of the Big Apple from 1994 to 2001.
“Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden,” he said, referencing the 1974 boxing match dubbed the “Fight of the Century.”
He rebuked Cuomo for his coronavirus response, which is beleaguered by allegations that he and his staff covered up the number of deaths that occurred in nursing homes.
“It was Andrew Cuomo’s actions that killed 9,000 senior citizens in nursing homes in New York. He should have resigned,” Giuliani said. “Cuomo didn’t use the USS Comfort ship or the Javits Center to house seniors with COVID. He didn’t want to give President Trump a political victory.”
Giuliani did not mention Cuomo being accused of sexual harassment from a number of former aides and staffers.
At least 10 women, many of whom were former aides or staffers, alleged Cuomo touched them inappropriately or made crude comments during his long political career, though he has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and has said he will not resign despite calls from a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
Cuomo previously acknowledged that he “acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable” but denied any inappropriate contact.
One potential concern for Giuliani’s gubernatorial run is the investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s overseas dealings. The elder Giuliani is reportedly under federal investigation over whether he illegally lobbied the Trump administration in 2019 on behalf of Ukrainian individuals who were assisting him dig up dirt on the former president’s political rivals, including President Joe Biden. Giuliani has not been charged with a crime, has denied ever representing a foreign national, and claimed material seized by the FBI is “exculpatory” evidence.
The younger Giuliani accused the Biden administration of using “Stalin’s tactics” for its “symbolic significance” when authorities raided his father’s home in an opinion article for the Washington Examiner.
During the Trump administration, Giuliani served in the White House as a public liaison assistant to the president.
Before he can take on Cuomo, Giuliani will have to beat House GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin, who already announced his candidacy.
Author: Mike Brest
Source: Washington Examiner: Clash of the Andrews: Giuliani announces 2022 bid to take on Cuomo