The son of “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani has officially announced that he will be running against embattled Andrew Cuomo to be New York’s next governor.
Andrew Giuliani kicked off his Republican campaign for governor by unveiling a video ripping into three-term Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The video also mocks Mayor de Blasio and fellow progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and criticizes the defund the police movement.
Giuliani, 35, the son of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, starts the video by paying homage to New York landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty, the Montauk Lighthouse, and Niagara Falls.
He praises the history of New Yorkers making “the impossible possible” but said the state is now “facing turbulent times.” The video then pans to pictures and footage of de Blasio, Ocasio-Cortez before slamming Cuomo.
“At the first sign of problems, they shut us down,” says Giuliani, who served as a White House aide to former President Donald Trump. “They quarantined healthy people.”
The video then shows the USS Comfort hospital ship that Trump sent to New York harbor last year to help New York treat patients during the coronavirus pandemic.
“They asked for help, and when it comes, they don’t use it,” he said, mirroring criticism that Trump leveled at Cuomo last year.
Giuliani then refers to the Cuomo administration’s controversial since-rescinded policy of requiring nursing homes to accept recovering COVID patients discharged from hospitals and shows video of Cuomo accepting an Emmy Award for his press conferences during the early stages of the crisis.
The video then blasts Democrats for hypocrisy when it comes to women’s rights.
“They promoted women’s rights. But they exploit and harass them,” Giuliani said while showing pictures of Cuomo’s accusers.
Giuliani, like his father, said he would be the law and order candidate and painted Democrats as soft on crime and more concerned about defendants’ rights.
Giuliani is shown walking in Times Square with a police precinct behind him and vowing to oversee New York’s “greatest comeback ever.”
In an interview with The NY Post, Giuliani likened a race between him and Cuomo to the famous 1971 heavyweight boxing fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden.
But Giuliani first has to win a Republican primary to become the GOP nominee to face off against Cuomo or another Democrat.
Giuliani will face resistance as many of the state’s county Republican, and conservative party leaders have already endorsed Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin for governor. Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is also running.
But state GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy welcomed Giuliani’s entry into the race.
“Rudy will forever be known as the man who transformed New York City, and Andrew can be the one to do it statewide,” Langworthy said.
“New York is broken and in need of the type of overhaul that the Giuliani administration ushered in during the 1990s. The corruption, deadly mismanagement, and incompetence of the Cuomo administration has energized our party from the ground up, as evidenced by the number of accomplished New Yorkers who have stepped forward to run. We look forward to a spirited discussion about who can best move our state forward, but one thing is certain: we are united in our shared mission to save our state.”
Cuomo has not commented yet on the younger Giuliani’s challenge.