“I think I’m the right candidate, and now is the right time to help change New York State, and we have a manual that works,” he said.
Representatives of the New York State Republican Committee did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did a spokesperson for Cuomo.
The GOP has lost significant influence in Albany in recent years, having been excluded from all state office for more than 15 years and losing its grip on the State Senate in the 2018 election. Democrats consolidated their gains in 2020 and now have supermajorities in both legislative chambers, although the GOP won two seats in Congress held by Democratic freshmen.
Giuliani told the Washington Examiner he plans to launch his campaign later this month after a meeting with leaders of the state’s Republican committee, though it remains to be seen whether he will follow. The New York Post reported in September that he was planning to emulate his father and run for mayor of New York in 2021, an offer that never materialized.
The elder Giuliani himself had previously flirted with the gubernatorial candidacy to speak out against the idea shortly after flaring up as a presidential candidate in the 2008 cycle.
As well as being the son of the former New York mayor, Andrew Giuliani also has close ties to former President Donald Trump and often played golf with him. However, Trump remains deeply unpopular in the state and lost New York by more than 20 percentage points to President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election.
But Trump’s stamp of approval remains the kingdom’s coin in Republican party politics, with many candidates highlighting their ties and allegiance to the former president.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s former White House press secretary, is running for governor of Arkansas, and Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump is weighing a candidacy for the North Carolina Senate.