- Rudy Giuliani’s son announced Tuesday that he’s running for New York governor.
- Andrew Giuliani, 35, called himself a “politician out of the womb.”
- “Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier,” he told the New York Post.
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Andrew Giuliani declared his candidacy for the 2022 New York governor’s race on Tuesday, joining Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island and Rob Astorino of Westchester in the Republican primary contest.
Giuliani, 35, is the son of Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor and embattled personal attorney for former President Donald Trump.
Following in a longstanding tradition of dynastic political families in the Empire State, Giuliani leaned into his familial ties when discussing his campaign in an interview with the New York Post.
“I’m a politician out of the womb,” he said. “It’s in my DNA.”
The gubernatorial hopeful also channeled his father’s penchant for hyperbole, comparing himself and scandal-ridden New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to boxing legends.
“Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes,” Giuliani said. “It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell tickets at Madison Square Garden.”
“It would be one of the epic showdowns in the state’s history,” he added later on.
Giuliani’s most recent political experience came in the Trump White House, where he worked as a Special Assistant to the president and associate director of the Office of Public Liaison.
He enjoyed unfettered access to the Oval Office until those privileges were revoked by Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney in 2018.
Giuliani also had a budding golf career as a teenager, partnering with Tiger Woods at a pro-am tournament and being recruited to play at Duke University. He ended up getting kicked off the team, however, and filed an unsuccessful lawsuit in federal court.
If Giuliani prevails over Zeldin in the GOP primary – where a Trump endorsement could prove highly consequential given the former president’s standing among Upstate and Long Island Republicans, which has dropped since the January 6 insurrection – he would face steep odds against Cuomo or any other Democrat.
After a surge in voter registration ahead of the 2020 election, Democrats now outnumber republicans by more than two-to-one in the Empire State.
Nevertheless, Giuliani projected absolute confidence in his New York Post interview.
“I know we can defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022,” he said. “I am going to be the 57th governor of New York.”