Andrew Guiliani To Challenge Cuomo for New York Governor in 2022

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On Tuesday, Andrew Guiliani, the son of former New York City Mayor, Rudy Guiliani, formally announced his bid for governor of New York, saying he will “fight” to make the state the “greatest” the country. 

Guiliani told Fox News on Tuesday, “I’m in,” confirming he is launching a bid to take on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2022. 

Guiliani said that the state deserves a leader who will “fight to make it the greatest in America once again.” He also added, “If New Yorkers choose to elect me Governor, I will bring New York back from the precipice of ruin to the shining STATE on the hill once again!” 

He added, “I think it will be the fight of the century.” 

On Tuesday, Guiliani told The New York Post that he is “a politician out of the womb,” referring to being the son of the former mayor of New York City. “It’s in my DNA,” he said. 

New Yorkers may remember the young Guiliani’s memorable appearance as a young child at his father’s inauguration, where he also raised his own hand during the oath of office. 

During the Trump administration, Andrew Guiliani served as an associate director in the White House Office of Public Liaison. He told Fox News that he was “proud” of the years he spent working for former President Trump. 

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Guiliani told Fox News, “I’m proud of our 25-year friendship. I’m certainly proud of all of the accomplishments we were able to accomplish together in the Trump White House. So I will never run away from that.”

“So whether New Yorkers want to call me a Trump candidate, or a Giuliani candidate, all I can tell you is I am Andrew Giuliani,” he said. Guiliani added, “And Donald Trump is certainly part of what made Andrew Giuliani, and so is Rudy Giuliani and Donna Hanover.”

Guiliani also mentioned, “So I think that’s for New Yorkers to determine. But what I can tell you, more than anything, is I am focused on turning this great state around.”

While the state of New York is a reliable Blue State where Cuomo won reelection to a third term last 2018 by a massive 23 point margin, the governor has been placed under extreme scrutiny as 10 women stepped forward and logged allegations of sexual harassment against him. 

These allegations led to an independent investigation by the state attorney general into the claims and an impeachment investigation in the State Assembly.

Meanwhile, Cuomo vehemently denied the allegations against him. He even offered public support for the investigations. 

On top of these allegations, the New York governor has also been politically lambasted due to the nursing home crisis. He faced series of criticism after revelations surfaced that his administration has concealed the full extent of COVID-19 related deaths in nursing homes during the height of the pandemic.