Andrew Giuliani's Campaign Feels Like a Bad Joke

One Giuliani was enough for a lifetime, but now New Yorkers are dealing with another.

Andrew Giuliani announced he’s running for governor in 2022. His campaign shtick is pretty predictable: he’s a replacement-level MAGA dolt who happens to be Rudy Giuliani’s son. He’s essentially doing a bad Rudy impression and running on his father’s laurels. It’s not clear whether Andrew realizes that will almost certainly hurt his chances, but it doesn’t matter. He’s running for governor and that’s all there is to it.

The thing is, when you’re running for governor and basing your entire political persona around your famous father, there’s not much to go on. Giuliani proved as much in one of his first media hits after announcing his run.

That’s right—Giuliani has spent parts of five decades in politics and government even though he’s just 35 years old. That means he considers being the New York mayor’s four-year-old son public service. It seems dumb. It is dumb. But it also totally tracks. Giuliani thinks his very existence is qualification enough to run for and serve as governor. Of course, he thinks waving at cameras and going to kindergarten while his father occupied Gracie Mansion is part of that resume.

The entitled politician’s son certainly isn’t a new trope in American politics. New York has plenty of familiarity with it in the very office Giuliani’s running for. But it’s a little striking to see it from the son of a corrupt and widely disgraced caricature of a public figure. Rudy Giuliani’s descent from being stupidly dubbed “America’s Mayor” to imitating a melting trash fire on live television was years in the making, but it’s virtually complete now.

It started with his completely flubbed 2008 presidential campaign and only got bleaker from there. He’s under FBI investigation, he spent the last several months cobbling together an absurd legal defense for bogus election fraud claims, and he’s made himself look worse in public than even the hackiest sketch comedy writer ever could. He’s a complete farce, a living example of why hero-worshipping politicians is so excruciatingly dumb.

So if logic applies, since Rudy Giuliani is a farce, Andrew must be a farce too. He might be able to say otherwise if his entire campaign platform wasn’t a tribute to every salmon-colored shorts-wearing “my father” guy in existence. Or if he expressed a basic knowledge of current events or, y’know, how government works.

Giuliani doesn’t seem to know what he’s running for or even what he’s doing, and maybe that’s the point. His is the typical celebrity vanity campaign based on nothing but bluster and a famous father. There’s no policy, no plan, and not even any charisma—just a tired name that grabs headlines. And that might be all he needs to win. It’s bleak, incredibly mind-numbing stuff. We just wish Chris Farley was around to see it.

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