Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a former aide in the Trump administration, told several media outlets Wednesday that he is “strongly considering” a run for New York governor in 2022.
Giuliani, 35, who has never been elected to public office, told Fox News, the Washington Examiner, and the New York Times that he is mulling the idea.
“I plan to run,” Giuliani told the Washington Examiner, saying that he believes he has the best chance to “win and take the state back” outside of “anybody named Trump.”
“I think there’s an opportunity in 2022 with a wounded Democratic candidate, whether it’s going to be Gov. [Andrew] Cuomo, whether it’s going to be a radical [Attorney General] Letitia James, whether it’s going to be a no-name lieutenant governor, I think there’s a very, very real chance to win,” he said.
The New York State Republican Committee and Cuomo’s office didn’t immediately respond to requests to comment by The Epoch Times.
In 2017, Giuliani was appointed by former President Donald Trump to the position of associate director in the Office of Public Liaison. Late last year, Trump named him to serve on the United States Memorial Holocaust Council.
He was added as a contributor to Newsmax TV last month, after appearing as a guest on the conservative network while still employed by the White House.
Giuliani told Fox News that he will make a decision on the matter on April 19 when he visits Albany. He said New York State Republican Committee Chairman Nick Langworthy will invite county chairs and “potential candidates” to city to present their “pitches.”
“I’ll make a decision at that point,” he said. “I am strongly considering it.”
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been expected to run for a fourth term, but is facing mounting calls to resign over his handling of the state’s CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus response and the mounting sexual harassment allegations against him.
Cuomo, 63, has been accused of harassment by at least 10 women, some of whom are current and former aides. He has also been under fire for withholding COVID-19 death data from state lawmakers and the public.
Cuomo has denied the allegations against him.
“I think he is used to getting things his way, and it’s been almost an imperial governorship. But I got to tell you, the folks in this state and the political leadership don’t believe him anymore,” the mayor said on March 14. “He doesn’t have any credibility so I think an impeachment proceeding will begin and I think he will be impeached and perhaps right before that he’ll decide to resign. That’s probably the most likely outcome right now.”
“Andrew Cuomo can’t lead us into the future,” de Blasio added. “We got the people of the state ready to reopen, but we got to get him out of the way to do it.