ALBANY, N.Y. — In lower than two weeks, at the very least three potential Republican candidates focused on presumably difficult Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo subsequent 12 months will convene within the state capital to foyer lots of the social gathering’s county chairs for their help.
All three are identified to New York voters: Representative Lee Zeldin of Long Island is without doubt one of the state’s staunchest conservative leaders, and was an ardent supporter of former President Donald J. Trump; Rob Astorino was the social gathering’s 2014 nominee for governor.
The third can also be identified, however is much much less of a identified amount: Andrew Giuliani.
In a temporary interview on Wednesday, Mr. Giuliani, 35, confirmed that he was “strongly considering” a run, including that he deliberate to make a agency determination “by the end of the month.” State Republican officers confirmed that Mr. Giuliani can be attending the Republican county leaders’ assembly in Albany.
Mr. Giuliani would face a steep climb. He has by no means been elected to public workplace, and his most distinguished authorities job was as a public liaison assistant and particular assistant to the president for the Trump White House.
His predominant promoting level would possible be his connection to Mr. Trump and to his father, the previous New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose status in New York and past has vastly suffered in recent times.
The elder Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s former private lawyer, was a central participant in a failed authorized effort by the previous president to overturn the 2020 election. He now faces a defamation lawsuit filed by Dominion Voting Systems, which has accused him of finishing up “a viral disinformation campaign” to counsel that Dominion, one of many largest voting machine producers within the nation, plotted to flip votes to President Biden.
The Giuliani connection to Trump might show toxic in New York, the place Mr. Trump’s reputation is within the low 30s, the place Republicans haven’t received a statewide election since 2002, and the place Democrats outnumber Republicans by greater than two to 1.
Still, Mr. Giuliani and different potential Republican candidates have had their hopes buoyed by Mr. Cuomo’s swarm of current scandals, together with a number of accusations of sexual harassment towards the governor, in addition to a federal investigation into his dealing with of the state’s nursing houses.
The sexual harassment allegations made by present and former staff of Mr. Cuomo, in addition to accounts by a collection of different girls who’ve described uncomfortable interactions with the governor, have led a lot of the state’s Democratic leaders to name for Mr. Cuomo’s resignation.
The allegations towards Mr. Cuomo, 63, are additionally the topic of a pair of investigations, together with one overseen by the state lawyer normal, Letitia James, and a second licensed by the State Assembly.
The mixture of the controversies has resulted in double-digit declines in Mr. Cuomo’s approval scores in a number of polls, with help for a fourth time period seeming notably precarious.
Mr. Giuliani’s doable curiosity within the state’s highest workplace was first reported by The Washington Examiner.
The prospect of a Giuliani vs. Cuomo matchup would possible tantalize New York and nationwide political observers, contemplating the present relationship between Rudolph Giuliani and Mr. Trump, who usually sparred with Mr. Cuomo final 12 months through the early days of the coronavirus pandemic.
Adding to the intrigue is the decades-long connections between the elder Mr. Giuliani and Mr. Cuomo, a third-term Democrat whose father, Mario M. Cuomo, was governor for 12 years.
When Rudolph Giuliani was elected mayor in 1993, the elder Mr. Cuomo was nonetheless governor, and he spoke hopefully of Mr. Giuliani’s skill to assist him discover compromise with Republicans, who dominated the Senate in Albany.
A 12 months later, Mr. Giuliani suffered a humiliating defeat after he endorsed Mario Cuomo’s unsuccessful marketing campaign towards fellow Republican George Pataki within the 1994 governor’s race.
Susan Beachy contributed analysis.