Hurricane Rudy is about to hit New York.
Andrew Giuliani unleashes his most powerful weapon in his run for governor – his father
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will travel the state wherever needed and will vigorously argue that GOP primary voters should back his son over Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin.
“I don’t think Lee is the right person right now to be governor. I think he’s too weak,” the elder Giuliani said as he left a New York Young Republicans event downtown on Tuesday. The former mayor was still skimming the election challenges that Zeldin’s campaign had launched against Andrew Giuliani.
“Lee is ready to lie and be a stupid liar,” Rudy Giuliani quipped, adding that he looked forward to spreading the message to a wider audience in the coming weeks.
“I love upstate. I know upstate. I spent a lot of time up there. I would love to go upstate,” he added.
Giuliani, 77, certainly seems to have time to help Andrew, 36. On Wednesday, he raised his eyebrows after showing up as a contestant on The Mask Singer with a performance of “Bad to the Bone.”
The campaign runs Rudy Giuliani Sunday for a rally in Binghamton, New York. Plans are also underway for a possible appearance at a Saratoga County GOP reception on April 29. .
The state’s establishment Republicans have mostly lined up behind Zeldin, but his support has shown signs of waning.
Powerful upstate voices like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) have so far refused to endorse it. And while Team Zeldin touted polls showing them with a healthy lead, Giulaini’s camp pointed to other polls – notably from pollster John Zogby – that show the race is much closer and more than 3/10 undecided voters.
“As far as suing Lee, it’s not prohibited,” Andrew Giuliani told the Post. “[Rudy] will continue to increase his public appearances and continue to travel across the state.
The former mayor received bipartisan applause for cleaning up crime and leading the Big Apple through the tumultuous days following the 9/11 terrorist attack. In his later career, however, he became a partisan lightning rod for his work as a lawyer and confidant of former President Trump.
Rudy Giuliani remains personally close to Trump and has kept his fickle good graces, insiders say. He firmly continued to promote the false claim that President Biden won the 2020 election by fraud. Trump initially leaned toward Zeldin, but the former mayor’s lobbying has kept the ex-president neutral in the race – until now.
His ties to Trump may have dampened his appeal to city dwellers, but Rudy Giuliani’s star has never been brighter in the state’s vast red north.
“Upstate New York is Trump country and therefore Rudy country,” an influential upstate GOP strategist said, saying no Zeldin surrogate was even close to match the juice of the former mayor with the voters.
“To meet Rudy will increase attendance at Andrew’s events, Rudy will be the anchor to attract media headlines and buzz,” the insider added, noting that even perceived responsibilities could be positive.
“People upstate love the January 6 stuff. people like that [Rudy] was loyal to Trump,” the insider said.
The primary election will take place on June 28, 2022.
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