, the son of former New York City
Mayor Rudy Giuliani
and a former special assistant to disgraced ex-President Donald Trump
, announced his candidacy for New York governor
on Tuesday, seeking to unseat Democratic incumbent Andrew Cuomo
“Giuliani vs. Cuomo. Holy smokes. It’s Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Frazier. We can sell Madison Square Garden tickets,” he told the New York Post on Tuesday. (The beleaguered Cuomo has not officially launched a reelection campaign for a fourth term.)
Giuliani changed his Twitter
bio to “Candidate: 57th Governor Of New York.” He promoted his campaign on Fox 5’s “Good Day New York,” saying it’s “where the road to Albany begins.” He also retweeted the Post’s article.
The younger Giuliani has never run for public office, but as the son of Rudy Giuliani, who spent his time during the Trump presidency fruitlessly pursuing the ex-president's baseless legal claims that the election was stolen, publicly ranting on news shows, and appearing with his hand down his pants while being pranked in the "Borat" sequel, the gubernatorial run feels natural transitio.
Giuliani, 35, told the tabloid, "I'm a politician from the womb; it's in my DNA."
New York reported that Giuliani, who previously stated that he was considering a run for governor, has recently appeared as a contributor on the far-right Newsmax
After the FBI
raided the elder Giuliani's home in connection with his dealings with Ukraine, he vehemently defended his father, even concocting a conspiracy theory about the judge who signed the search warrant.
noted that before taking on Cuomo, who is currently dogged by sexual harassment allegations and accusations of mishandling the early days of the coronavirus pandemic
in nursing homes, Giuliani will have to defeat fellow Republican
Lee Zeldin, who, according to the website, “could complicate” Giuliani’s path to the nomination.
“I know we can defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022. I will be the 57th governor of New York,” Giuliani said.