Rudy Giuliani has officially endorsed GOP Bob Turner on Wednesday for the Senate seat in the three way battle to oust current Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
NY Daily News reports that Giuliani stated:
“Bob Turner is the definition of a citizen legislator who took his lifelong business experience to Washington.”
The former mayor of New York went on to say that:
“Now he is running for Senate for the same reason: to put our country back on a path toward job growth and prosperity. He is a proven winner and the only candidate who can defeat the nation’s most liberal senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, in November. I urge my fellow Republicans to join me in supporting him.”
In his response to the endorsement by Rudy Giuliani, David Catalfamo, spokesman for Turner’s rival Wendy Long, stated, according to The New York Post that:
“Today’s endorsement doesn’t move the needle for team Turner – ask Mario Cuomo.”
When speaking about the endorsement by Giuliani, Bob Turner stated:
“I’m honored and humbled to receive Mayor Giuliani’s endorsement. To the world, he became ‘America’s Mayor,’ but to us here in New York, he was always ‘our’ mayor — a man who had the vision and courage to transform the city in a way critics never thought possible. We are all still benefiting from the results of his leadership and I will look to him for advice and counsel as I seek to make a similar transformation of the federal government in the U.S. Senate.”
Bob Turner is running against New York City lawyer Wendy Long, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos. The primary is set to take place on June 26th, according to The Wall Street Journal. This is not the first time the Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Bob Turner, as the two held a joint press conference before the special election last September.