It is not quite the Hatfields and McCoys, but a New York family feud might be getting a lot more interesting with Andrew Giuliani stepping forward for a potential challenge to embattled Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2022.
"I am strongly considering it," Giuliani said by phone Wednesday afternoon. "I anticipate I will make a decision by the end of the month."
Currently, Andrew Giuliani is a Newsmax TV contributor and his status will be re-evaluated when a decision is official, Newsmax announced in a statement Wednesday.
"Andrew Giuliani has not decided or announced that he will run for governor of New York," the statement read. "While he considers such a move, he will remain a contributor on Newsmax. If he indicates he is indeed running, we will re-evaluate his position at Newsmax."
The conservative Giuliani, the son of the popular former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, said an April 19 meeting in Albany with the Republican county chairs will give him "a much better position to make an official decision."
Cuomo's late father, Mario, was a three-term governor of the state.
"I look at Andrew Cuomo and how there's been a combination of fraud in his administration to a truly outsized ego, now is the time," Andrew Giuliani told Newsmax, pointing to the "15,000 senior citizens' lives that were lost" after the current governor's controversial mandate that longterm care facilities readmit COVID-19 positive residents.
Andrew Giuliani also lamented the "mass exodus" of New York residents fleeing the state for lower taxes and Republican leadership of states like Florida, which is run by popular GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
"It's just the time to save New York," Andrew Giuliani told us. "If we don't do it in 2022, there will not be enough residents left in 2026."
Reports of Andrew Giuliani's interest were first reported by the Washington Examiner's Paul Bedard.
"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. 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," Andrew Giuliani told the Examiner.
Andrew Giuliani will remain a Newsmax contributor at least to the end of the month, or until an official campaign is launched.
"I feel very grateful for my time at Newsmax," he told Newsmax. "I love the culture there, and Christopher Ruddy has been great to me. Whatever my relationship with Newsmax will be, it will always be part of my life."
Andrew Giuliani said he believes he is the right candidate at the perfect time to change the leader of New York.
"We've got a playbook that works," he said.
Cuomo has been embroiled in a sexual misconduct scandal and an alleged cover-up of COVID-19 nursing home deaths data, which are under investigation in New York. Many still expect him to make it to the end of his term and potentially make a run for a fourth.
Andrew Giuliani, 35, is a veteran of the Trump administration, having worked as the White House director of the Office of Public Liaison. Another former Trump staffer who was a famous offspring, ex-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders whose father Mike Huckabee was governor of Arkansas, is running for her father's old office.
Among Andrew Giuliani's supporters are former New York Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik and former Trump senior adviser Boris Epshteyn.
"Andrew worked tirelessly for President [Donald] Trump in the White House while still having a smile on his face every day," Epshteyn told the Examiner. "I know that he was specifically focused on issues vital to New Yorkers, including getting funds to 9/11 first responders and working to ensure that relief for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority would be included in the CARES Act."
Trump is expected to back Andrew Giuliani's run, sources told the Examiner.
Andrew Giuliani is expected to carry the banners of the tough-on-crime of his family and the Trump MAGA movement, planning a April 19 meeting with the New York Republican Party leaders and 2022 candidates, the Examiner reported.
"Whoever ends up winning is going to have to implement the Giuliani playbook on public safety, so who better to do that than a Giuliani?" Giuliani told the Examiner. "New York is going to be one of two states over the last decade to lose population. It just shows how terribly Cuomo has run the state into the ground, and the truth is the Assembly and state Senate is to blame as well. It's a combination of bail reform, increased taxes, and plummeting quality of life.
"So, I think people will have to determine whether I am, you know, Giuliani 2.0 or whether I'm a new thing. I look forward to making my case and letting New Yorkers determine that for themselves."
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