USA Updates Andrew Giuliani rips Lee Zeldin as Cuomo clone in ugly GOP ballot fight
Republican gubernatorial candidate Andrew Giuliani slammed rival Lee Zeldin as a clone of the disgraced former government. Andrew Cuomo after accusing the Zeldin camp of leading an effort to knock out the primary ballot.
Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who served as former President Donald Trump’s White House aide, signed 24,579 to qualify for ballot status.
Fifteen thousand valid signatures of registered Republicans are required to earn a spot on the ballot.
But specific objections were filed with the state election board on Thursday against at least 8,776 signatures collected by Giuliani.
“I know Lee Zeldin thought Andrew Cuomo would be a good president. Now he’s playing the Cuomo game on the election board,” Giuliani said Thursday night. “Lee Zeldin loves Andrew Cuomo. Now he’s acting like him.”
Giuliani was referring to a glowing comment that Zeldin made about Cuomo — captured on videotape — when Zeldin was a state senator in 2011.
“I would honestly say that if you were in the White House now, our country would be in a better position than it is today,” Zeldin said of Cuomo at a news conference.
Cuomo has become the GOP’s quagmire after the three-time Democratic governor resigned under threats of impeachment last August, when an investigation report by the state attorney general confirmed allegations that he harassed or abused several women. Did.
Meanwhile, Giuliani also claimed that John Haggerty, a GOP operative who was convicted of stealing $750,000 from Mike Bloomberg’s money during Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election campaign, is helping Zeldin.
“These actions disqualify Zeldin to be governor,” Giuliani said angrily.
General objections were also filed against two other candidates seeking the GOP nomination — former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the 2014 GOP candidate for governor, and businessman Harry Wilson, the 2010 Republican nominee for state comptroller.
This is an indication that specific challenges may be filed against their petitions as well.
Wilson collected 36,000 signatures and Astorino collected over 20,000 signatures.
The state Republican Party named Zeldin, a Congressman from Long Island, as its presumptive nominee and therefore was not required to collect voter signatures to go on the ballot.
Like Giuliani, Astorino and Wilson both said that Zeldin is trying to stifle competition.
“We don’t do coronation in NY. Nearly 90,000 rank/file Republicans signed petitions for other candidates. Cuomo-style to @lizeldin for trying to disqualify his voice by using political/legal threats.” Gutter is strategy. No wonder Lee served 4 years as Cuomo’s top aide in Albany,” Astorino said. statement posted on Twitter.
Wilson tweeted“@leezeldin primary to 80,000 NY Republicans demanding that the 300 insiders who chose him know better. We knew it was coming. Why is Lee so afraid of the primary? Because he’s the ‘most comprehensive’ in NY GOP history outright rejected designers.”
Zeldin’s campaign declined requests for comment.
The state Republican Party leadership, which is backing Zeldin, said it was not filing any objections against the other candidates and referred the post to the Zeldin campaign.
Recent elections have shown Zeldin the lead.
The winner will face the Democratic nominee. Sitting Governor Kathy Hochul is considered a frontrunner in the polls as she faces City Public Advocate Jumane Williams and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi in the Democratic primary.