Andrew Giuliani announces bid to oust Cuomo as NY governor

Andrew Giuliani has desires of turning subsequent yr’s gubernatorial race into one other “Fight of the Century.”

The son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announce Tuesday that he’s formally working for the Republican major in 2022 — and is assured he cannot solely knock out veteran GOP competitors however then go on to take out scandal-ridden Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“I’m a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA,” Giuliani, 35, informed The Post, referring to his childhood as the son of a bigger than life Big Apple mayor.

“Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. Its Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden,” he mentioned, referring to the well-known 1971 heavyweight title prizefight.

Giuliani, 35, who served for 4 years as a White House aide to former President Donald Trump, insisted he’s certified to run — regardless of having by no means earlier than run for a public workplace — and that he has the very best likelihood to topple embattled three-term incumbent Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo has faced a number of scandals in recent months.
Gov. Cuomo has confronted a variety of scandals in latest months.
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“It would be one of the epic showdowns in the state’s history,” mentioned Giuliani, saying he’ll run as a change agent as did Trump and his dad. His playbook can be pro-business, pro-police, pro-school alternative.

Giuliani has his father’s bravado if not background as a Mafia-fighting Manhattan federal prosecutor coming into this race.

“I know we can defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022. I am going to be the 57th governor of New York,” he mentioned.

Giuliani known as the Cuomo administration’s controversial March 2020 edict that required nursing homes to accept recovering COVID patients discharged from hospitals “the worst” in state historical past. Cuomo and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker defended the choice and the months of undercounting COVID nursing home deaths that now have them underneath investigation.

“It was Andrew Cuomo’s actions that killed 9,000 senior citizens in nursing homes in New York. He should have resigned,” Giuliani mentioned.

“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.”

It can be the battle of two political dynasties. Andrew’s dad, Rudy, was mayor for a yr whereas Andrew Cuomo’s father, the late Mario Cuomo, was serving the ultimate yr of his three-term run as governor in 1994.

But first Giuliani would have to compete in a GOP major in opposition to Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin, of Long Island and former Westchester County government Rob Astorino, who misplaced to Cuomo as the GOP nominee for governor in 2014.

Andrew Giuliani announces his bid to run for Governor of New York.
Andrew Giuliani announces his bid to run for Governor of New York.
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Zeldin was the primary to announce and has already secured the help of many Republican county leaders and committees to be anointed the get together’s most well-liked candidate.

Giuliani mentioned he’s unfazed, vowing to increase sufficient cash to mount a reputable marketing campaign and can greet voters in all of the state’s 62 counties.

“I believe we have the best chance to win if I’m the Republican candidate in November. It’s not even close,” he mentioned throughout a prolonged interview.

“You’re going to have more enthusiasm in the race.”

Lee Zeldin is also vying for the GOP nomination for governor.
Lee Zeldin can also be vying for the GOP nomination for governor.
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A Republican hasn’t gained a statewide race since George Pataki, who denied Mario Cuomo a fourth time period, was elected to his personal third time period as governor in 2002, a yr after the Sept. 11 terror assaults. Giuliani mentioned he spoke to Pataki about making a run.

But politics wasn’t at all times the driving power for Giuliani, who spent 5 years as an expert golfer after graduating from Duke University in 2009, the place he majored in administration and sociology.

A pair years later he landed a job within the Office of White House Liaison for Trump, for whom his dad was serving as a private buddy and lawyer. It propelled him again into the highlight.

Also, just like the president and his dad, he tested positive for COVID-19. He insist his father and Trump are property to his marketing campaign — even in New York.

“I believe my dad was the greatest mayor ever in New York City, and maybe the United States of America,” Andrew mentioned.

The FBI just lately raided Rudy Giuliani’s house as a part of a probe into his dealings within the Ukraine. Rudy Giuliani, a former federal prosecutor, denied wrongdoing and mentioned he was being framed for serving as Trump’s lawyer, and Andrew also blasted the feds’ actions.

Andrew Giuliani
Andrew Giuliani is assured he cannot solely knock out veteran GOP competitors but additionally take out Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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Andrew mentioned his dad is on board together with his marketing campaign and a few of his father’s prime longtime advisers are serving to, together with Jakes Menges and Helen Powers McBride, each of whom Andrew has identified since childhood.

Giuilani additionally spoke to Trump, however the ex-president isn’t taking sides as a result of he’s additionally keen on Zeldin.

But he mentioned Trump “absolutely” inspired him to run to carry consideration and pleasure into the GOP major.

“President Trump certainly understands the importance of a strong primary,” he mentioned.

In response to critics who might query his {qualifications} and expertise, Giuliani mentioned being within the White House fishbowl underneath Trump and studying from his father has ready him for the governorship.

“My four years in the White House has prepared me for this moment,” he mentioned.

Rudy Giuliani, Andrew's dad, served as NYC mayor and as a lawyer to former President Trump.
Rudy Giuliani, Andrew’s dad, served as NYC mayor and as a lawyer to former President Trump.
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He mentioned he interacted with company CEOs to promote Trump’s actions to slash enterprise rules and the COVID-19 Payroll Protection Program, as properly as fixing shortfalls with funding in Sept. 11 well being fund advantages.

Giuliani additionally labored with the White House job power to curb opioid abuse.

He mentioned he embraces Trump’s file and accomplishments.

“I am not going to run away from who I am and what I’ve done. I worked for four years in the Trump White House,” Giuliani mentioned.

“Record low unemployment. The Trump White House was excellent in getting Americans to work and into successful careers. I will do that for New York.”

There’s a cultural challenge the place Giuliani can also be in sync with Trump.

A diehard Yankees and soccer Giants fan, Giuliani mentioned he opposed skilled gamers kneeling through the National Anthem to protest police abuse of black residents, calling it “disappointing” and “very sad.”

“They’re protesting. This is a war on our police,” he mentioned.

“Sports is something that’s going to bring people together. Unfortunately now it’s become a divisive topic.”

Giuliani, citing a rise in shootings, mentioned curbing crime can be a prime precedence.

He mentioned Cuomo and the Democrats have been extra concerned with serving to defendants by eliminating money bail for a lot of crimes.

Andrew Giuliani announces his bid to run for Governor of New York.
Andrew Giuliani mentioned his dad, Rudy Giuliani, is on board together with his marketing campaign.
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“This has to be something dealt with at the state level. The police are not getting protection from City Hall and Albany to do the job right. There will be no greater friend to the police than Andrew Giuliani,” he mentioned.

And he mentioned “rolling back” the increase in corporate taxes and earnings taxes on the rich simply accredited by Cuomo and the Legislature would even be a prime precedence.

Giuliani mentioned the excessive tax and anti-business surroundings “is one of the reasons New York is losing people.”

He spoke of the New York ingenuity that constructed the Erie Canal to entice commerce.

“We shouldn’t be building a canal to Florida,” he mentioned.

Giuliani additionally accused Cuomo and Democratic legislators of abandoning mother and father and children by failing to raise the cap on the opening of extra constitution colleges.

“I will be someone to fight for your choice. The 270 cap in New York City is beyond absurd. The cap needs to go up. It’s hurting kids who don’t have the means to go to an expensive private school,” he mentioned.

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