Andrew Giuliani tries to shed city boy image — and win a shot at Cuomo

Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, just might be the biggest wild card in the still-young race to run against Cuomo or another Democratic nominee in 2022.

8/1/2021 3:35:00 PM

Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, just might be the biggest wild card in the still-young race to run against Cuomo or another Democratic nominee in 2022

Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, just might be the biggest wild card in the still-young race to run against Cuomo or another Democratic nominee in 2022.

. Now 35, Giuliani’s work since has included the pursuit of a career in golf and a job in the White House, with a portfolio that included managing Trump’s interactions with sports teams.Some of the people who have seen Giuliani on the campaign trail think his efforts should not be discounted.

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“He seems to be more of an appeal to the Trump-oriented voter than Zeldin,” said Jeff Graham, the former mayor of Watertown, a city about five miles from Lake Ontario. Graham recently hosted Giuliani on his local talk radio show.“Zeldin — there hasn’t been a lot of pizzazz in his efforts so far. If you’re going against Cuomo, you have to be a fighter, because Cuomo’s a street fighter. He’s going to throw a lot of elbows under the basket,” Graham said. “And I do think Giuliani has more spirit than what I’ve seen from the other candidates.”

Giuliani “knows that I’m supporting Lee Zeldin,” said Assemblyman Chris Tague, the GOP chair in rural Schoharie County, west of Albany.But, Tague added, Giuliani is “very smart, very good on his feet, and he’s very personable. I was actually very impressed with him. And he has a lot of knowledge on a broad range of things, which I was also impressed with, and I think it would be wrong to just ignore him … Whether this is his time or not, to just cast him aside and not give him any respect, I think, is wrong.” headtopics.com

Tague backed Zeldin in a June straw poll of GOP officials. The 41-year-old Long Island congressman received 85 percent of the weighted vote, former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino got 5 percent and none of the other candidates received any support.

If there’s a similar result when party leaders officially convene this winter, then Zeldin will receive an automatic spot in the June primary and be able to characterize himself to potential donors and voters as the party’s endorsed candidate. Everybody else will need to shift their attention to collecting tens of thousands of petition signatures in order to appear on the primary ballot.

Winning a gubernatorial primary without a party’s backing is obviously a more difficult path. But it’s been done before, most recently in 2010, when Rick Lazio — who, like Zeldin, served four terms in Congress representing Long Island — was stunned by Carl Paladino, a Buffalo developer who ran a grassroots campaign

appealing to the types of voters who would eventually form Trump’s coalition.There’s another more recent example of a candidate winning a major office with negligible establishment support at this point in a race.“[Trump] would have just announced his candidacy in 2015 for president,” Giuliani said. “That’s kind of where we are for a gubernatorial — we’re 15-and-a-half months out still. Obviously some stuff has moved quick at this point, but I think if we continue to build the grassroots by coming to these massive gathering places, we’re going to have a great chance.” headtopics.com

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Giuliani is promising to bring something resembling a Trumpian style of politics to office if elected. There’s long been an unwritten rule in New York politics that governors should not publicly feud with individual state legislators, and those who have violated the rule have faced serious consequences.

Eliot Spitzercrossed that line in 2007by attacking members of the Assembly who didn’t support his plan for choosing a new state comptroller, and he was never able to stabilize his administration’s relationship with the Legislature. When Cuomo crossed the line earlier this year by lashing into Assemblyman Ron Kim, who had criticized the administration's decision to hide the number of Covid-19 deaths tied to nursing homes, he created a national news cycle focused on the governor’s history of bullying behind closed doors that rapidly evolved into a discussion of allegations of even more improper behavior by Cuomo.

But for Giuliani, directly combating members of the Democratic-dominated Legislature is part of his campaign pitch.“I’d like to invite every single Assembly member over for lunch within the first 90 days and see if we can develop [a] rapport,” he said. “If that doesn’t work, then, ultimately, we need to make sure that we can use the governor’s bully pulpit to cut taxes.”

He said he’d go into the districts of individual lawmakers to push his agenda if they buck him — an aggressive move for a New York governor.“We’re going to go beyond them and go to their constituents,” he said.Zeldin, like Giuliani, has spent recent years as a prominent supporter of Trump. He voted against the certification of the presidential election on Jan. 6 and was one of the former president’s headtopics.com

most vocal defendersduring the first impeachment.Trump is expected to host a fundraiser for New York Republicans on Aug. 5. He hasn’t publicly tipped his hand on whether or when he’ll make an endorsement in the gubernatorial race.Giuliani does not expect an endorsement “until the spring of next year, if he does.”

“My guess is he probably sits it out. Obviously, I would never turn down an endorsement from President Trump,” Giuliani said “But I know how his mind works, I know how the inner workings of his political team work, and if you have multiple friends in a race, generally you kind of sit that out and see how it plays out. So my guess is he sits this out until it’s clear we’re going to be the candidate.”

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Even if Giuliani pulls off an upset in the primary, he would enter the general election as an even bigger underdog. No Republican has won any statewide election in New York since 2002, and the results have rarely been close since then. And unless the mood of the electorate drastically changes — much of Cuomo’s successful 2018 campaign messaging simply pointed out that his opponent was registered in the same party as Trump — it might be tough to imagine a White House alum will be the one to break that streak.

But Giuliani thinks there’s a path, and it might be very similar to the one followed by his father when he was elected mayor of New York City in 1993. He notes that crime was a top issue for Democratic voters in June’s mayoral primary, which was won by Eric Adams, a former NYPD captain who pushed a law-and-order message.

“When that’s the number one issue for Democrats, generally what you see is Democrats will cross the lines and vote for Republicans or may not come out to vote,” Giuliani said “That gives me a lot of hope that we’re going to have a great chance to get the crossover vote that we need.”

It also helps that Cuomo is as vulnerable as he’s ever been. He is facing multiple investigations, including an impeachment inquiry, related to allegations of sexual misconduct, the scandal around deaths tied to nursing homes and claims he improperly used state resources to help him write a book. He will almost certainly face a bruising primary if he follows through on his plans to seek a fourth term.

But to even have a chance at pulling off a seismic upset — against Cuomo or another Democrat — Giuliani will first need to pull off a primary upset and win over voters in Republican strongholds like Lewis County.The county, which gave Trump 70 percent of the vote last year, might be sparsely populated, but it’s the type of place where a Republican characterizing themselves as running against the establishment could find some success: The first house seen when crossing the county line from the south displayed a flag similar in design to a MAGA banner, but containing a message that was nine letters long. The final five were C-U-O-M-O.

“We feel like if we can make inroads with these voters,” Giuliani said, saying doing so will give him “the best chance to ultimately win.”“Rather than appealing to the few of the party leaders,” he added, “I’d much rather appeal to the 3 million New Yorkers who are going to vote in June of next year.”

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That’s nuts. So privilege is now a wild card. Lol. Hey Politicio - guys you need to stop doing drugs - it really messes with your minds- then when u are high you publish this sort of crap. Oh please, New Yorkers are so much smarter than that. He’s just like his father and knows nothing 🙄 Most obvious israel tool ( at least I’m jewish )

Keep dreaming. Daddy Rudy has sunk that ship. And with more to come from his investigation, Sonny boy will end up circling the drain too. RudyGiuliani AndrewHGiuliani Nooooo “Just might be” is doing a looooot of heavy lifting here Oh, city boy image.I thought it said shitty boy image. Your kidding right? well, they said Trump wouldn't get elected either.

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😂😂😂😂 The man is completely out of his mind, nobody would vote for him. Honestly it looks like he's about to scream 'Do you know who I am?' He looks like Will Ferrell after a director told him, “OK, show me hate.” He beat up his golf coach in college. Good gawd - NO! But he’s so serious Stop Politico, just stop

I hope NY State is smarter than to elect the likes of him. I will not trust NY to a mindless SOB full of hot air and no substance, so new yorkers do your job....or you will have a better than whatever officer running the city affairs haphazardly and you will ask what the hell happened There is your what the hell....

He’s an embarrassing candidate..

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That’s just willferel Imagine having to listen to word salad come out of this guys face hole for four years. The acorn doesn’t fall too far from the tree. Wild card? He’s crazy 🥴🇺🇸 Ugh Come on now, stop trying to elevate this nothing and never was into something. The son of a future jailbird. Just, no.

Stop it. Calling Andy G 'Dumb as a barrel of hair' is an insult to the stupidest head leavings.

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He is a man-child. Always will be. Lol

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Headline - Gov Giuliani pardons father and entire Trump family. Aren’t you the same journos who gave desantis credit for his handling of the trump plague? Pretty sure young giuliani needs to start packing his bags if you’re singing his praises🤷🏼‍♀️ The Giuliani Klan will just declare victory once the polls, long before all votes are officially counted and certified. That’s the Trump Republican way.

Surely this guy won’t get elected. Like father like son. 🤮 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂.......oh, not a joke? Politico silently works for GQP “How is your old man doing”…well he is being investigated by the FBI for allegedly being a foreign agent for Russia, he has been cut off by Trump, he made a laughingstock of himself in post election litigation and is being sued for billions of dollars…

Pathetic No he’s not. Stop giving the dumpster fire oxygen. You are only prolonging the rancid smoke.

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LOL, no chance. Nonsense Uh...no. Yea no….not really…… Oh please let it be AndrewHGiuliani That would be so much fun to watch! Lol. He’s so stupid. He’s got zero chance. You can save the tweet. My cat could beat him. 😂 If he gets elected- Trump get a pardon 😂😂😂

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Politico must be on drugs. Aren't you supposed to be a news organization? LOL I think they're trolling us with this nonsense. If he spreads lies and deceit like his father has they will have the same tailor for there prison attire Give me a break 🤦‍♀️😖 Maybe Wild Ass Card. NO CHANCE. As a voting public, it’s really time to stop supporting hostile, nasty, unqualified people. Like this guy. Or giving them any oxygen, Politico. 😡

If Chris Cillizza and Chuck Todd ever mated, I think their baby would be a lot like Politico. Maybe he can shed city boy but that douchiness leaves a stain

Parody? Please Stop. NY has a bad choice but Giuliani Jr. needs to climb back under his rock 😀😃🤣🤣😂😂😂🤣🤣🥲😁😁😁😆😆😆😆😆😂😂🤣🤣😅😅 If people are stupid and gullible enough to vote for this msn then they deserve him 🙈 LikeFatherLikeSon NOT

Not a wild card. He is a wild man and doubt he's going anywhere For a second I thought this was from The Onion or The Borowitz Report because surly no one is taking this tool seriously. I can’t take this anymore. Unfollowing politico. Nope 🤢🤮 Politico, I guess you can't be bothered to find meaningful news stories to report on so instead you resort to lazy and dishonest journalism. Here is a clown, but Politico manufacture's a story that he is a valid contender for office. Someone is friends with his daddy.

Don’t you have anything better to write about? Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Yeah right!!!!! 😆 😂😂😂😂😵‍💫😵‍💫😵‍💫 HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

OMG no He has a zero percent chance of winning. “Oh, he’s screaming out massive, unhinged lies behind a ratty podium at Four Seasons Total Landscaping with shoe polish running down the sides of his face. Y’know, the usual.” Has turned into The Onion! 🤣😂🤣🤣😂🤣😂 NOPE 👎 Or, you can invent an angle, or a 'narrative,' and then promote than narrative incessantly, and then, if it takes hold, you can appear to be prescient or really politically savvy. Presto: 'Politico'!

Not going to be easy with his father imprisoned for treason. It was evident, he was a jerk and couldn’t even speak on camera. Now, media propping him up! Nice work. Let’s ask his dad !!….😂😂

Politico has become such a joke, why even give this buffoon any coverage? This is a joke right? Republicans want someone tough on crime New York City (even though they live closer to Canada) so definitely makes sense to vote for someone who has pursued a career in golf. I say he will be no less the fool his father was. It is!

Poor Andrew! Andrew Guiliani was paid $94,000/yr on the govt payrol as 'Sports Liaison' at the White House. As an amateur golfer, he accompanied Trump on his weekend golfing trips to Bedminster and Mar A Lago at taxpayer's expense!! And Rudy went after Hunter Biden! AndrewGuiliani Please don’t make NY suffer like that.

😂😆🤣😂🤣 He's not a wildcard, Andrew is comic relief Never going to happen for New Yorkers!

Will he be following in his father's missteps and make a cameo appearance in the next Borat movie? 🤣 Not a chance