Andrew Giuliani pressed by state GOP leaders over schmoozing

ALBANY — He didn’t name, he didn’t write.

State Republican Party leaders appeared damage that gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Giuliani didn’t do extra to schmooze them throughout his upstate marketing campaign tour, in keeping with audio of the discussions obtained by The Post.

Several officers, who additionally questioned Giuliani about his lack of expertise throughout a closed-door meeting on Monday, additionally accused the previous Trump White House aide of failing to pay homage whereas campaigning on their turf over the final a number of weeks

“You mentioned that you’ve been to all 62 counties. I don’t remember you coming to my county and if you did you never notified me to let me know that you were in my county,” griped Schoharie County GOP Chair Assemblyman Chris Tague throughout a non-public query and reply panel amongst candidates vying to be the social gathering’s 2022 decide on the Marriott Hotel in Albany.

“To be quite honest, I haven’t heard from you once since you announced that you were running for governor. Not even an email!” he stated.

Giuliani admitted that whereas he was within the sad chair’s county, he needed to go away the nation for just a few days to deal with a household situation and lower just a few appearances brief. 

He additionally stated he’s targeted his marketing campaign on connecting with small companies, not social gathering bosses. 

“I apologize that you feel slighted. I can promise you I called you or emailed you back in April.”

“Did I call you or email you when I went to Schoharie County? The answer is, I probably didn’t, and for that I apologize that you feel slighted. I look forward to talking to you afterwards and meeting with you if you’ll take that meeting.”

Tague argued that he didn’t really feel slighted, however he needed to level out to the political novice that it’s “customary” to present the county chair a heads up whereas on the marketing campaign path. 

Giuliani, 35, the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, spent the final 4 years as a particular advisor to Trump — his first dive into politics. The elder Giuliani has served as Trump’s private lawyer whereas he was within the White House.

“I like you, I think you’re a great guy. I have no problem supporting you, okay? I’m just telling you moving forward you’ve gotta let the county chairs know when you’re in their county…you’ve got to work with them too,” Tague added.

An aggrieved Hudson Valley-area social gathering boss adopted.

“Tony Scannapieco, Putnam County. Ditto,” he stated.

Giuliani humbly admitted, “Ok well, we went to the Red Rooster in Putnam County,” to which the Chairman replied, “I know, I was just told today!” 

Giuliani then acknowledged Tompkins County Chairman Mike Sigler, shortly heading off his query and drawing laughs from the group: “I stood you up — that’s even worse! Because I reached out to you guys, but I actually stood him up!”

New York Assemblyman Chris Tague
New York Assemblyman Chris Tague argued that he didn’t really feel slighted.
NYS Assembly

“So you guys all talk together and talk about if I’m more of a, you know what.” laughed Giuliani.

“Hey, I had a few donors there for you,” joked Sigler, noting the pair ended up connecting after the missed assembly.

“My question is, it seems like, even though your father was involved in politics, you got involved when Trump was president and that’s awesome … What kind of political involvement have you had, like locally? It seems like you’re kind of saying, ‘Hey I want to run for governor.’ And great, I’m more than happy to have people in your field. What have you done politically for the party up until that point?” pressed Sigler.

“Well aside from growing up in it and, you know, experiencing it and spending time in the city and doing all that, licking envelopes as a kid and doing all that. The truth is, not much. That’s my answer,” Giuliani replied.

“The bulk of my political, professional experience is working on a successful presidential campaign, volunteering on a successful presidential campaign and working in the white house under President Trump, so that’s my answer.”

Although he didn’t obtain a single vote throughout a straw ballot — which anointed US Rep. Lee Zeldin because the social gathering’s presumptive nominee — Giuliani vowed to run an rebel marketing campaign and petition his means on the poll for 2022.

Party chairs will meet once more within the winter to formally choose their nominee, however the Monday straw ballot outcomes signifies Zeldin doesn’t have to fret about a lot when it comes to assist.

State social gathering Chairman Nick Langworthy additionally informed The Post afterward that donors are usually not eager on operating a major, which might cut up funds and a focus.

That means Giuliani and different candidates comparable to former Westchester county government Rob Astorino, must petition their means onto the poll.

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