Andrew Giuliani rips Lee Zeldin as Cuomo clone in ugly GOP ballot battle

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Andrew Giuliani ripped into rival Lee Zeldin as a clone of disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo after accusing the Zeldin camp of main an effort to have him knocked off the first poll.

Giuliani, the son of former New York Metropolis Mayor Rudy Giuliani who served as a White Home aide to former President Donald Trump, filed 24,579 signatures to qualify for poll standing.

Fifteen thousand legitimate signatures from registered Republicans are wanted to earn a spot on the poll.

However particular objections have been filed Thursday with the state Board of Elections towards at the very least 8,776 signatures collected by Giuliani.

“I do know Lee Zeldin thought Andrew Cuomo could be a very good president. Now he’s taking part in the Cuomo recreation on the Board of Elections,” Giuliani mentioned Thursday evening. “Lee Zeldin loves Andrew Cuomo. Now he’s appearing like him.” 

Giuliani was referring to a glowing remark Zeldin made about Cuomo — captured on videotape — when Zeldin was a state senator in 2011.

U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin
Andrew Giuliani claims U.S. Rep. Lee Zeldin is one other model of disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
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“I’d actually say that in the event you have been within the White Home proper now, our nation could be in a greater place at this time than it’s,” Zeldin mentioned of Cuomo at a press convention.

Cuomo has grow to be the GOP’s bogeyman after the three-term Democratic governor resigned beneath the specter of impeachment final August following a state lawyer common’s investigative report substantiated accusations that he harassed or mistreated a number of girls.

In the meantime, Giuliani additionally claimed that John Haggerty, a GOP operative who was convicted of stealing $750,000 of  Mike Bloomberg’s cash throughout Bloomberg’s 2009 re-election marketing campaign, helps Zeldin.

“These actions make Zeldin unqualified to be governor,” Giuliani fumed.

John Haggerty was convicted of defrauding Former Mayor Bloomberg in connection to his 2009 mayoral marketing campaign.
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Businessman Harry Wilson
Businessman Harry Wilson speaks to reporters on the 2022 NYGOP Conference, Mar. 1, 2022, in Backyard Metropolis, N.Y.
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Common objections have been additionally filed towards two different candidates searching for the GOP nomination — former Westchester County Government Rob Astorino, the 2014 GOP nominee for governor and businessman Harry Wilson, the 2010 Republican candidate for state comptroller.

That’s a sign that particular challenges could also be filed towards their petitions as effectively.

Wilson collected 36,000 signatures and Astorino greater than 20,000.

The state Republican Celebration designated Zeldin, a congressman from Lengthy Island, as its presumptive designee and due to this fact he didn’t have to gather voter signatures to get on the poll.

Like Giuliani, each Astorino and Wilson mentioned Zeldin is making an attempt to stifle competitors.

“We don’t do coronations in NY. Almost 90,000 rank/file Republicans signed petitions for different candidates. [email protected]  to attempt &disqualify their voice utilizing political/authorized threats is Cuomo-style gutter techniques. No shock contemplating Lee served 4yrs in Albany as high Cuomo ally,” Astorino mentioned in a statement posted on Twitter.

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Former NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has grow to be the GOP’s bogeyman after he resigned.
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 Andrew Giuliani
Andrew and Rudy Giuliani.
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Wilson tweeted, “@leezeldin  is telling 80,000 NY Republicans demanding a major that 300 insiders who picked him know higher. We knew this was coming. Why is Lee so afraid of a major? As a result of he’s `essentially the most broadly rejected designee’ in NY GOP historical past.”

Zeldin’s marketing campaign declined requests for remark.

The state Republican Celebration management, which is backing Zeldin, mentioned it’s not submitting any objections towards the opposite candidates and referred the Put up to the Zeldin marketing campaign.

Current polls present Zeldin within the lead.

The winner will face off towards the Democratic nominee. Sitting Gov. Kathy Hochul is taken into account the front-runner in polls as she faces off towards metropolis Public Advocate Jumaane Wiliams and Lengthy Island Rep. Tom Suozzi within the Democratic major.

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