Andrew Giuliani, a candidate in the Republican gubernatorial race for New York, has been officially banned from making an appearance in person, at all, at a primary debate slated to happen on Monday because he refused to provide any proof of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Giuliani announced his ban from the event that is slated to be hosted at WCBS-TV via a letter to the general manager of the station, Johnny Green Jr.
“While [your rules] will disrupt Monday’s debate, the true injustice is that policies such as these have deprived front-line heroes such as firefighters, police and healthcare workers of employment and benefits,” stated the letter.
Below is my letter to CBS regarding their decision to exclude me from debating in person.
I will be hosting a press conference today at 11am in front of WCBS studios to discuss further. pic.twitter.com/hUICeHHqW0
— Andrew H. Giuliani (@AndrewHGiuliani) June 12, 2022
The candidate stated that offered to provide a recent negative COVID-19 test, but reportedly the offer was shot down by officials.
“I have offered to go above and beyond your requirement of producing a photo containing the results of a home antigen test in favor of taking a higher-quality PCR in order to face my primary opponents,” he stated in his letter to the station.
This past Sunday morning, Giuliani hosted a press conference to talk about the ordeal, claiming that the officials for the debate first told him that he only had to take a test the day of the debates. He was later informed that he would be made to give proof of vaccination, alleged Giuliani.
“I told them I would not do that,” he claimed. “I don’t think that’s something that even someone who has chosen to get the shot should have to do, from a constitutional standpoint.”
As a result of this ban, Giuliani will be made to appear via a remote method instead of taking the stage himself in person.
Giuliani is the son of the former Republican Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, who was also formerly an aide for the White House while former President Donald Trump sat in the office. He has previously ranked at the lead for his bid concerning the GOP nbomination. He is still looking a fierce competition coming from Rep. Lee Zeldin, a Long Island Republican.
“Republican Lee Zeldin was expected to win the Republican primary pretty easily, but so far the polling has been closer than expected,” as stated in a recent forecast.
The early voting for New York starts on the 18th of June and the primary itself will be held on the 28th of June.
Giuliani first stated his bid for the governor’s office back in March of 2021 when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo held the seat.
“I know we can defeat Andrew Cuomo in 2022,” stated the ever-confident Giuliani, highlighting that he is entirely “unfazed” by any of his current Republican primary competitors. “I am going to be the 57th governor of New York.”
“I believe we have the best chance to win if I’m the Republican candidate in November. It’s not even close,” he continued. “You’re going to have more enthusiasm in the race.”