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With violent crime surging in New York City, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani may run for mayor in 2021.
Promising to follow in the footsteps of his father, the man credited with cleaning up the city – as crime rates in New York City dropped dramatically when Giuliani was in office in the 1990s – Andrew Giuliani told the New York Post he’s considering a run next year.
“I am certainly thinking about it. It’s something that a bunch of people that I trust have approached me with,” the younger Giuliani said. “It’s been terrible to see over the last few years how the city has spiraled. I am afraid if the right candidate doesn’t win in 2021, four more years of de Blasio’s policies will remind us of the ’80s.”
The city recorded 237 homicides between Jan. 1 and Aug. 2, a 31% increase from the 181 during the same period in 2019, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The number of people murdered rose 59% in July, from 34 deaths in 2019 to 54 this year.
Even the New York Times acknowledges that gun violence has “rattled New York City.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested that the pandemic was in part to blame.
“We know that with the entire society on hold for months all sorts of things got set in motion that were truly unusual,” he said.
Giuliani, 34, singled out the poor relationship de Blasio has had with the New York Police Department, recent budget cuts and the disbanding of the NYPD’s undercover anti-crime unit.
“Mayor de Blasio’s administration has failed New York as he does not value the New York Police Department and he does not value what they have done for the city,” he said.
If he decides not to run, Giuliani said he could only support a candidate who would follow the “Giuliani playbook” on running the city.
“It’s broken-windows policing, it’s empowering the NYPD to do their job, it’s bringing the private sector in and making them more accountable for creating economic opportunity, it’s reintroducing the free market to some of these low income communities in New York City that have been stuck on the cycle of government dependency for so long,” he said. “The nucleus of all of it is public safety. It’s making sure that New Yorkers feel safe and that tourists feel safe coming here.”
The “broken-windows” policy is the belief that small events lead to larger ones.
“Obviously murder and graffiti are two vastly different crimes. But they are part of the same continuum, and a climate that tolerates one is more likely to tolerate the other,” Mayor Giuliani said in 1998.
The younger Giuliani, an avid golfer, currently works in the Trump White House as a public liaison assistant to the president and has reportedly developed a close working relationship with Trump.
“We deal with everyone from Tim Cook to Kim Kardashian and everybody in between,” he said.
And before he looks to save New York City from radical Democrats, Giulinai said he’s currently focused on helping Trump get reelected.
“I am trying to make sure the president gets over the finish line on November 3rd and then right after that my focus is going to be on how we can save New York City again,” he said.
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