“I plan to run,” Andrew Giuliani, who served as an aide to former President Donald Trump, informed the Washington Examiner in an interview printed Wednesday.
Giuliani’s gubernatorial bid might arrange a excessive stakes, headline-grabbing showdown with Andrew Cuomo, ought to the embattled incumbent Democratic governor determine to search a fourth time period. But Giuliani would face a steep uphill battle within the closely Democratic state, and his candidacy might assist hand one other win to the celebration as his proximity to Trump would doubtless be seen as a legal responsibility in a state the place the former President is broadly unpopular.

“I believe I can win the race,” Giuliani informed the Examiner. “I think I’m the right candidate, and this is the right time to help change New York State, and we’ve got a playbook that works.”

“Outside of anybody named Trump, I think I have the best chance to win and take the state back, and 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 mentioned, in accordance to the journal.

Giuliani labored below Trump within the White House’s Office of Public Liaison. Unlike his father, who served as mayor of New York between 1994 and 2001 and has labored as Trump’s private lawyer, the youthful Giuliani has by no means been elected to a public workplace.

Cuomo, who has led the state since 2011, has not but mentioned whether or not he plans to search one other time period subsequent yr. The governor is at present dealing with two impartial investigations into allegations he sexually harassed or behaved inappropriately towards a number of girls, allegations he has denied. Cuomo has in current weeks repeatedly rebuffed calls for his resignation by top Democrats in New York.

Asked if he anticipated Cuomo to search reelection to a fourth time period subsequent yr, Jay Jacobs, the state celebration chair and an in depth ally of the governor, demurred.

“I honestly don’t know the answer to that question. I think that he’s more focused on getting through his current troubles, then seeing where he’s going to go,” he mentioned. “These investigations are going to be critical in all of that. It’s hard to tell. I’m sure that, given his druthers, he’d like to run for reelection.”


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