After 12 years of leadership as the top elected Republican in New York, and after a string of high-profile criminal cases and embarrassments, Gov. Andrew Cuomo finally had his moment of clarity.
To that end, he’s looking to the Republican former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to help him salvage his political legacy in the state.
If Giuliani and his team are successful, they would be perhaps the most important political team working to recruit a third-party candidate to challenge Mr. Cuomo in what’s sure to be a competitive Democratic Primary in April.
The decision by Mr. Cuomo to tap Mr. Giuliani as an expert in both police and crime prevention in particular is unprecedented in the New York political arena.
“I have a lot of respect for him, and he’s an incredible national figure,” said Mr. Giuliani, adding, “Andrew has presented me with a job I think I can do very, very well.”
Mr. Giuliani, who has long expressed interest in running in a third-party bid for governor, described the decision as “prudent” for Mr. Cuomo’s political future.
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