Andrew Giuliani’s campaign prepares for the unleashing of Rudy

Hurricane Rudy is about to hit New York.

Andrew Giuliani unleashes his most powerful weapon in his race for governor – his father

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will stalk anywhere in the state he’s needed, campaigning vigorously that GOP primary voters should support his son through Long Island Rep. Lee Zeldin.

“I don’t think Lee is the right person for the governorship right now. I think he’s too weak,” the elder Giuliani said as he exited a New York Young Republicans event in Midtown on Tuesday. The former mayor was still fuming over electoral challenges launched by the Zeldin campaign against Andrew Giuliani.

“Lee is willing to lie and be a stupid liar,” snapped Rudy Giuliani, adding that he can’t wait to spread the message to a wider audience in the coming weeks.

Rudy Giuliani with his son Andrew during the campaign.
Rudy Giuliani with his son Andrew during the campaign.

“I love the back country. I know back country. I’ve spent a lot of time up there. I would like to go north,” he added.

Giuliani, 77, certainly appears to have time to help Andrew, 36. He raised eyebrows on Wednesday after appearing as a contestant on The Mask Singer with a performance of “Bad to the Bone.”

The campaign introduces Rudy Giuliani for a rally in Binghamton, New York on Sunday. Plans are also in the works for a possible appearance at a GOP reception in Saratoga County on April 29th. Big dollar fundraisers are planned with friends in New York and in Palm Beach at the home of Beth Ailes, widow of former Fox News boss Roger Ailes.

State establishment Republicans have largely backed Zeldin, but his support has shown signs of weakness.

Powerful voices from upstate like Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-Schuylerville) and Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford) have so far declined to endorse him. And while Team Zeldin has touted polls showing them by a healthy margin, Giulaini’s camp has pointed to other polls – most notably by pollster John Zogby – showing the race is much closer and more than 3/10 voters are undecided.

“There is no limit to the pursuit of Lee,” Andrew Giuliani told The Post. “[Rudy] will continue to increase his public appearances and continue to tour the state.”

The former mayor earned bipartisan praise for eliminating crime and guiding the Big Apple through the tumultuous days after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. In his later career, however, he became the partisan lightning rod for his work as an attorney and confidant for ex-President Trump.

Andrew Giuliani speaks during the 2022 New York GOP Convention in March.
Andrew Giuliani speaks during the 2022 New York GOP Convention in March.
Dennis A Clark for the NY Post

Rudy Giuliani remains personally close to Trump and has maintained his fickle favor, insiders say. He has steadfastly propagated the false claim that President Biden won the 2020 election through fraud. Trump originally leaned toward Zeldin, but the former mayor’s lobbying has kept the ex-president neutral in the race – so far.

His ties to Trump may have dulled his appeal to city dwellers, but Rudy Giuliani’s star has never burned brighter in the state’s far red north.

“Upstate New York is Trump country and therefore Rudy country,” said an influential GOP strategist in the Upstate, saying that no Zeldin surrogate could even remotely match the former mayor’s juice with voters.

Lee Zeldin's support has shown some weaknesses.
Lee Zeldin’s support has shown some weaknesses.
William Farrington for the NY Post

“Meeting Rudy will drive attendance to Andrew’s events, Rudy will be the anchor to generate headlines and media buzz,” the insider added, noting that even perceived liabilities could be positive.

“Upstate folks like the January 6th stuff. people like that [Rudy] was loyal to Trump,” the insider said.

The ballot will take place on June 28, 2022. Andrew Giuliani’s campaign prepares for the unleashing of Rudy


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