Andrew Giuliani, son of former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, told the Washington Examiner that he is “heavily considering” a bid to run for the gubernatorial elections to be held in 2022 in New York. He will compete against current governor Andrew Cuomo who is expected to try for a fourth term.
Rather than a clash of titans, this election could be a clash of political families as both the Andrews are sons of veteran politicians.
Andrew Cuomo is the son of Mario Cuomo, who was a three term Governor of New York. He had a successful two term run but his third term was mixed as it was riddled with allegations of sexual harassment and mishandling of nursing homes which led to coronavirus deaths in large numbers. However, he has put forward new proposals legalizing marijuana and online gambling which may be two major issues that give him a chance to fight and win a fourth term.
Andrew Giuliani has been a director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House during the Trump Administration. He will most likely be strongly endorsed by Trump and his supporters. His father, Rudy Giuliani was not only a former Governor of New York but is also a close friend and lawyer of Trump. Giuliani is facing a series of lawsuits that are linked to his personal and professional connections with Trump.
Andrew Giuliani has not much of personal experience but this has not stopped scions of political families, following their family and some have been successful. One of the most successful among Republicans is former president of the United States George W. Bush. He was Governor of Texas before he became the President.
Another Republican who wishes to follow her family into political career is Sarah Sanders. She is a former spokeswoman of Trump. She is the daughter of Mike Huckabee, a longtime Governor of Arkansas. She is running for the gubernatorial position in Arkansas.
If indeed both the Andrews clash in 2023 it will be an interesting fight between liberalism and conservatism and between experience and youth. It’s a long wait ahead for New Yorkers who will ultimately be the ones to choose their governor.