Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew gets zero votes from GOP leaders in bid for New York governor

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Andrew Giuliani, Republican candidate in the 2022 New York governor’s race.

  • Andrew Giuliani, 35, is the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
  • In May 2021, he announced he was seeking the Republican nomination in the New York governor’s race.
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The son of former New York mayor and Trump personal attorney Rudy Giuliani received no support for his bid to be the next governor of New York in a secret vote by local Republican leaders this week.

In May, Andrew Giuliani announced he was seeking the GOP nomination for the 2022 contest, claiming he was a born politico. “I’m a politician out of the womb,” he said. “It’s in my DNA.”

But leaders of the New York Republican Party are not feeling it.

As the Democrat & Chronicle reported, Giuliani, who served in the White House under ex-President Donald Trump, received no votes from GOP county chairs or members of the Republican state committee at a straw poll in Albany on Monday.

According to the New York GOP, more people chose to abstain – 10% – than vote for Giuliani, who has described his views as “very, very similar” to the former president he served.

US Congressman Lee Zeldin led the way with 85% of the vote, followed by former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino with 5%, the party announced.

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Andrew Giuliani took a note from his dad’s playbook and gave a prepared statement from a parking lot to defend Rudy

Screenshot of a video of Andrew Giuliani speaking to the camera from a parking lot framed by two SUVs and greenery in the background.
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  • Rudy Giuliani was suspended from practicing law in New York over statements he made about the election on Thursday.
  • His son Andrew Giuliani took to a parking lot to release a statement in defense of his father.
  • The video was reminiscent of another Giuliani parking lot moment: Rudy’s appearance at Four Seasons Total Landscaping.
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Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, had some things to say about his father’s recent troubles – and a vaguely familiar place from which to say them.

Rudy, who at one time was a top Manhattan prosecutor, was suspended from practicing law in New York state on Thursday over statements he made about the election.

In a video statement shared on Twitter, Andrew responded to the news from a nondescript parking lot adjacent to lush greenery, strategically framed between two SUVs. The frame only just captured his head shoulders, letting the setting shine.

“A few minutes ago, my father’s law license was suspended,” Andrew said before listing off the names of the judges who ruled in Rudy’s case and accusing them of bias. “This is just unbelievable to see just how politicised all of this has become.”

The court said Rudy’s license was suspended because there was “uncontroverted evidence” that he made “demonstrably false and misleading statements to courts, lawmakers and the public at large” as he fought tooth and nail to overturn the 2020 election for former president Donald Trump.

“Any American that believes in an independent justice system, this is going after one of President Trump’s closest allies, that’s exactly what this is,” Andrew continued. “Any american that doesn’t believe that, they are just biased.”

“I stand by my father. He did everything, ultimately, by the book,” he said.

The statement was reminiscent of an infamous press conference given by Rudy from another remarkable parking lot.

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Attorney for President Trump, Rudy Giuliani speaks to the media at a press conference held in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On November 7, days after election day, Rudy spoke to reporters from the parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping, a small landscaping firm on the outskirts of Philadelphia, situated between a crematorium and a sex shop. Rudy was informed during the event that the presidential race had been called for Joe Biden.

The strange location choice led some to speculate the Trump campaign had booked the locale by accident, meaning to book the Four Seasons luxury hotel. People online were quick to make jokes about the press conference, another similarity shared with Andrew’s latest statement.

One Twitter user added an overlay to Andrew’s video to make it appear as though he was standing at a Taco Bell drive-thru window as he spoke, captioning the meme with: “Sir, this is a Taco Bell.”

Andrew announced last month he is running for governor of New York.

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Group-chat bans and ‘daddy issues’: A report on Andrew Giuliani’s campaign to be New York’s governor highlights family drama

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani sits with his son Andrew at City Hall during his inauguration for a second term at City Hall.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his son Andrew in 1998.

  • Andrew Giuliani’s longshot NY gubernatorial bid was the subject of a New York Magazine profile.
  • Strained family dynamics underpin the shoestring campaign, according to the magazine.
  • Despite being a former White House aide, Andrew is reportedly not Trump’s first pick.
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Andrew Giuliani’s gubernatorial bid was the subject of a New York Magazine report published Thursday, with bizarre Giuliani family dynamics taking center stage.

“I’m a politician out of the womb,” he told reporter Olivia Nuzzi, repeating a line from his mid-May campaign announcement. “I’m my father’s son.”

His father, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has not held office for 20 years, although he remains a prominent figure in national politics as one of former President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies. Andrew said his family name could bolster his campaign and thinks it “evokes a reaction in most people.”

The Republican candidate and former Trump White House aide also said he plans to use guidance from his father to help his run. “If I didn’t use him as an asset, as an adviser, as somebody who I’d rely on, I’d be foolish,” Andrew told the outlet.

But the report also delves into Andrew’s strained relationship with Rudy. After his parents divorced and Rudy remarried in 2003, Andrew went through “long stretches” of his life in which the pair hardly spoke.

Heather McBride, Andrew’s former babysitter and now his campaign spokesman, told the magazine that Rudy is not a member of “the 12-member family group chat that includes extended Giuliani relatives and close friends.”

Still, Andrew has grown to stay by his father’s side, the report says. Andrew spoke out on his behalf in April when federal agents executed search warrants on Rudy’s home and office and seized his electronic devices, per New York Magazine.

“He’s a tough guy. He can take anything,” he told the magazine. “And what he knows is he’s got his son backing him.”

GOP officials and associates close to Giuliani’s family are unsure why Andrew has decided to run for governor, especially in a state where Democrats are virtually guaranteed to win. Some are convinced it has to do with his father.

“There’s pain and daddy issues that exist beneath this,” an unnamed source close to Rudy told New York Magazine.

Even given the remote odds of the eventual Republican nominee becoming the first to win statewide since 2002 – when Republican Gov. George Pataki unseated Democratic Gov. Mario Cuomo, denying him a fourth term – Giuliani is reportedly not the favored candidate.

That would be Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of Long Island, who has already picked up endorsements from New York’s GOP congressional delegation and Trump is also reportedly rallying support for him ahead of an expected endorsement.

Zeldin also has fundraising experience from his time in Albany and Washington, DC, while Giuliani’s financial viability remains unclear.

“What Andrew is doing is less about Rudy than it is about what Andrew is doing to process Rudy,” a longtime associate told New York Magazine.

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Rudy Giuliani’s son, Andrew, announces run for New York governor: ‘I’m a politician out of the womb’

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Andrew Giuliani, Republican candidate in the 2022 New York governor’s race.

  • 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 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.”

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