Despite Dad’s Legal Woes, Andrew Giuliani Wants To Be Governor
He plays a lot of golf and has absolutely zero experience in public office. He does, however, have an instantly recognizable, if somewhat tarnished, last name. For Andrew Giuliani, son of the former New York City mayor and Donald Trump attorney, that was enough for him decide to enter the race to succeed Andrew Cuomo as governor of New York.
“I’m a politician out of the womb. It’s in my DNA,” the Republican, told The New York Post in an interview, hyping a potential general election faceoff against incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden,” he said, a reference to the famous 1971 heavyweight title prizefight.
The 35-year-old Giuliani was hired by the twice-impeached former president to coordinate sports teams’ visits to the White House, although half of the 20 NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, WNBA, college football, men’s and women’s college basketball teams that won championships during Trump’s four years in office either refused to visit or were disinvited because they opposed the 45th president’s policies.
The younger Giuliani insists that he is qualified to run and serve as governor and said a race against Cuomo, “would be one of the epic showdowns in the state’s history.” He told POLITICO last month that he had spoken to Trump, a frequent golf partner, about a potential run. “We talked about New York politics and went through the numbers on this, and I explained to him where I think I would be able to make inroads that no other potential candidate would be able to.”
His announcement comes during a perilous legal time for his father, whose Manhattan apartment and office were raided by FBI agents three weeks ago as part of federal prosecutors’ investigation into Rudy Giuliani’s dealings in Ukraine.
Long Island-area Rep. Lee Zeldin, also a Trump supporter, previously announced his candidacy for governor.