BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- Former New York City Mayor and former presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani is endorsing New York State republican candidate for comptroller Harry Wilson. The two were in downtown Buffalo for the announcement late Thursday afternoon and then went to Clarence for a private fundraiser in the evening. "He's professionally qualified to do this job and we are at a terrible situation in the state of New York," Giuliani said. "Our budget is in tremendous difficulties and it isn't time for politics."
Wilson says he's looking forward to campaigning alongside Giuliani. And despite the latest Siena poll which shows Wilson trailing incumbent democrat Thomas DiNapoli, 49 to 32 percent, Wilson says he isn't worried. "The public polls have proven themselves to be of no value," Wilson said. "In the course of this campaign we saw what happened in the primaries, off by 25 or 30 points. In our internal polls we have a really tight race."
We did ask Giuliani why he's in town endorsing a republican candidate for comptroller and not the republican candidate for governor, Carl Paladino. Giuliani says it's simple, he knows Wilson and wants to support him. "I want to keep the emphasis on getting people in the state to think about the comptroller's race as a separate race... because I think this is the most critical race that's going on because our economy is in horrible shape," Giuliani said.
Giuliani has not officially endorsed any candidate for governor.
Carl Paladino's campaign says in response to Giuliani's visit to Buffalo, "different campaigns, different styles."
Buffalo Niagara Partnership and Unshackle Upstate also endorsed Harry Wilson on Thursday.