Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor

Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' Ex-Trump adviser Barrack charged with secretly lobbying for UAE Aides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: book MORE and a former staffer for then-President TrumpDonald TrumpRonny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign McCarthy: Pelosi appointing members of Jan. 6 panel who share 'pre-conceived narrative' Kinzinger denounces 'lies and conspiracy theories' while accepting spot on Jan. 6 panel MORE, said he intends to run for governor of New York next year as Republicans seek an upset victory in the state amid a slew of scandals facing Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCould Andrew Cuomo — despite scandals — be re-elected because of Trump? NYC George Floyd statue to be relocated after vandalism As Biden's America becomes less safe, the violence and crime could cost Democrats MORE (D).

“I plan to run,” Giuliani told the conservative-leaning Washington Examiner. He maintained he stood a good chance of unseating a “wounded" Cuomo.

“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 said, referencing James, who has emerged as a top GOP antagonist. 

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“I believe I can win the race,” Giuliania added. “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.” 

Giuliani told the Examiner he plans on formally launching his campaign later this month after a meeting with the New York State Republican Committee. He also said Trump has been advising him, though he noted the former president has yet to declare which candidate he’ll support. 

Giuliani, who also works as a political commentator on the conservative outlet Newsmax, has close ties to Trump, a relationship that could endear him to the Republican base but could prove toxic in a general election in a state the former president lost by more than 23 points in November. 

Republicans overall have struggled to make headway in the Empire State in recent years. The party has not won a gubernatorial contest since 2002 or any statewide office in 15 years. Democrats also hold supermajorities in both chambers of the state legislature.

But Republicans say 2022 may mark their best shot at unseating Cuomo should he seek a fourth term.

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The governor has come under withering criticism over sexual harassment allegations leveled against him by a number of women. He's also facing a growing furor over revelations his office intentionally undercounted the number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes.

James is heading up an investigation into the sexual misconduct claims against him, and the state Assembly is conducting an impeachment inquiry into Cuomo, a sign of the governor’s deteriorating support in the state legislature.

Giuliani, 35, is not the only former Trump aide to mull statewide office. Sarah SandersSarah SandersTrump expected to resume rallies in June Andrew Giuliani planning run for New York governor Trump appears at Sarah Huckabee Sanders campaign event MORE, a former White House press secretary, is running for Arkansas governor, and Lara TrumpLara TrumpPast criticism of Trump becomes potent weapon in GOP primaries Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC Lara Trump calls on Americans at border to 'arm up and get guns and be ready' MORE, the former president’s daughter-in-law who worked on his campaign, is considering a Senate run in North Carolina.