Will it be Andrew versus Andrew? Stay tuned!
Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, says he’s close to making a decision about whether to run for governor next year — and he appears to be leaning toward “yes.”
“I would say I’m closer to yes than I’ve ever been,” the 35-year-old Republican told NY1 in an interview this week.
“I will make a decision in the next eight to 10 days or so.”
The former Trump aide would go toe-to-toe with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the three-term Democrat currently mired in a torrent of scandals involving sexual misconduct and his handling of nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Giuliani revealed last month that he was mulling entering the 2022 gubernatorial race, telling The Post, “There’s an opportunity for Republicans to take back New York. Absolutely.”
The possibility ramped up in recent weeks, as Giuliani traveled the state to gauge interest in his candidacy, NY1 reported.
Giuliani, who worked for Former President Donald Trump in the Office of Public Liaison, said he has sought the ex-commander-in-chief’s advice on a potential run.
“I saw him this weekend. We had a good conversation,” he told NY1. “I’ve known President Trump for over 20 years. I worked for him in the White House for four years. So I’m not going to run away from him.”
“It was an encouraging conversation. We’ll put it that way,” Giuliani added.
A Giuliani gubernatorial run would pit two of New York’s most prominent political families against one another.
Cuomo, 63, is the son of former Gov. Mario Cuomo, who was elected to three terms, while Giuliani’s father, Rudy, served as NYC mayor from 1994 to 2001.
The FBI last week raided Rudy’s law office and Manhattan apartment, searching for evidence that he acted as an unregistered foreign agent, a violation of lobbying laws, according to a warrant.
Addressing the media outside his dad’s Upper East Side building, Andrew blasted the feds for the “disgusting” raid, which he claimed was politically motivated.
“This is absolutely absurd,” he told reporters. “If this can happen to the former president’s lawyer, this can happen to any American.”
So far, Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin is the only Republican contender to officially challenge Cuomo.