Andrew Giuliani Announces Formal Bid for NY Governor Andrew Giuliani holds a press conference following a federal search warrant executed for Rudi Giuliani on April 28,2021 in New York City. (John Lamparski/NurPhoto via AP)
By Brian Trusdell and Jeffrey Rodack | Tuesday, 18 May 2021 08:12 AM
Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, formally announced his bid for governor of the Empire State on Tuesday in an effort to become its first Republican chief executive since 2006.
Giuliani, who became a Newsmax TV contributor in March but left the position after disclosing he was considering a run, made his announcement to the New York Post that he will seek the 2022 Republican nomination to face beleaguered three-term incumbent Andrew Cuomo.
"I know we can defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022," he said. "I am going to be the 57th governor of New York."
And he compared a potential showdown with incumbent Gov. Cuomo, a Democrat, to a famed heavyweight boxing match.
"Giuliani vs. Cuomo," he said. "Holy smokes. Its Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden."
Giuliani, 35, is a veteran of the Trump administration, having worked as the White House director of the Office of Public Liaison. Another former Trump staffer who was a famous offspring, ex-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders whose father Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas, is running for her father's old office.
Among Andrew Giuliani's supporters are former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and former Trump senior adviser Boris Epshteyn.
Giuliani was 7 years old when his father was elected mayor and has been critical of many policies of current Mayor Bill de Blasio, especially his budget cuts and dissolution of the police department’s undercover anti-crime unit.
He, likewise, has denigrated the policies of Cuomo, accusing him of costing "15,000 senior citizens' lives" due to his nursing home edicts early on during the COVID-19 outbreak, and of a creating a "mass exodus" of New York residents fleeing the state for lower taxes. He has negatively contrasted the state to the Republican leadership of states like Florida, which is run by popular GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Cuomo has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal and an alleged cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths data, which are under investigation in New York.
Giuliani is expected to carry the banners of tough-on-crime like his family and the Trump MAGA movement, planning an April 19 meeting with the New York Republican Party leaders and 2022 candidates, the Washington Examiner has reported. If successful, he would become the first Republican to occupy the governor’s mansion since George Pataki, who left in 2006 after three terms, and only the second since 1974.