One woman and a male heir of NY GOP royalty are considering running for governor of New York. But they could be doing so under false assumptions. GOP Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York, popular and articulate, and Andrew Giuliani, son of the former mayor, are mulling over runs.
But if they think they will be running against mortally wounded current governor Andrew Cuomo they could be mistaken. Cuomo may resign before the next election. If not, the knives are already out to run against him in the Democrat primary.
Stefanik brings a fresh new face and her gender to the race. Giuliani his name. Rep. Lee Zeldin, who already announced for governor, brings neither of those factors. But all share one factor that probably makes them unelectable in the New York of today: They are Republicans.
New York state as a whole is hostile territory to the GOP. New York hasn’t gone Republican in a presidential race since 1984. The state hasn’t had a GOP governor since Pataki about 15 years ago. And in this hyperpartisan environment? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Was kinda obvious Elise Stefanik was considering a gubernatorial run even a few months ago when 90% of her Facebook feed, as an elected federal representative, was blasting Andrew Cuomo. https://t.co/cHApCVVBHE
— Alexander Panetta (@Alex_Panetta) April 9, 2021
FNC: “Rep. Elise Stefanik is receiving ‘encouragement’ from supporters across the state as she considers whether to mount a gubernatorial bid in New York in 2022, with advisers saying she is ‘not ruling anything out,’ Fox News has learned.
“Stefanik, whose congressional district represents Watertown, Plattsburgh and Glenn Falls, is getting support ‘from all corners of the state’ according to her senior adviser Alex DeGrasse. The strong response comes added DeGrasse because Stefanik ‘would immediately be the strongest Republican candidate in both a primary and general gubernatorial election.’
“The four-term congresswoman ‘continues to set records as the most prolific New York Republican fundraiser ever in state history consistently earning the strongest performance at the ballot box cycle after cycle on Election Day,’ DeGrasse added, ‘She appreciates the widespread encouragement and is not ruling anything out – nor will she make her decision based on others’ timetables.’ The comments come after Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., formally announced he will run for governor in 2022 against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.”
DeGrasse said that Stefanik “believes it is a testament to the strength of the Republican Party in New York that there are many other high quality candidates running or considering running.”
Andrew Giuliani, who also was a special assistant to the president and an associate director in the Office of Public Liaison at the Trump White House — said he’s “trying to decide whether or not it is the right thing to do.” No doubt dad will have some say in it. But regardless, there is not one Republican today who could beat any NY Democrat aside from Cuomo. If he survives they have a shot. If not, no dice, no where, no how.
This piece was written by David Kamioner on April 12, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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