Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined Staten Island natives, and fellow Republicans, attorney general candidate Dan Donovan and congressional candidate Michael Grimm as they campaigned at South Ferry terminal this afternoon.
The three men posed for photos with supporters and shook the hands of commuters, urging them to vote once they arrived home in their district.
“I think Staten Island is going to have a record turnout, a record vote, it looks that way right now,” Giuliani said.
Giuliani stuck to the talking points, stressing Donovan and Grimm’s distance from the existing problems.
“They are both outsiders in a time in which people want to get rid of incumbents,” he said. “[Grimm’s] opponent McMahon is part of the problem in Washington. He’s part of the Pelosi problem: creating higher debt, higher taxes, a failed health care system. I think people want to throw them out.”
Grimm was very optimistic about his chances of winning.
“I think the likelihood has gone from ‘most likely’ to ‘we’re going to take this home and were going to win by a big margin.’ I’m expecting a very big win tonight,” Grimm said. “The momentum is there, people in the streets are excited, the turnout has already been big this morning. “
Donovan is in one of the tightest statewide races, with polls putting he and his Democratic opponent, Eric Schneiderman, essentially even. Schneiderman has been campaigning steadily alongside Cuomo, but Donovan emphasized that doesn’t mean that Scheniderman will get the same support as the top of the ticket. Donovan cited the support he received from former Mayor Ed Koch, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and the trade unions–who crossed party lines to endorse both he and Cuomo.
“I think the voters are so smart that they vote for each race independently, and they look at who they’re going to vote for for governor and then they decide look for who they’re going to vote for for attorney general,” Donovan said.
Giuliani said that the attorney general race is another case of an outsider hoping to move in.
“He’s running against an Albany politician. We’ve got to get rid of the Albany politicians,” Giuliani said. “We’ve got to get rid of Schneiderman, we’ve got to get rid of DiNapoli. We’ve got to get Dan Donovan and Harry Wilson. And then we’ll have some outsiders in Albany then who maybe can fix the place.”