Monday, December 22, 2014

Follow us:
Follow @NY1 on Twitter Follow NY1 News on Facebook Follow NY1 News on Google+ Subscribe to this news feed 


NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt's daily look Inside City Hall.

NY1 Political ItCH Alert: Giuliani Pushes Lhota To Run For Mayor; Says He'd Be "Personally Uncomfortable" With Performing Gay Marriage

  • Text size: + -
TWC News: NY1 Political ItCH Alert: Giuliani Pushes Lhota To Run For Mayor; Says He'd Be "Personally Uncomfortable" With Performing Gay Marriage
Play now

Time Warner Cable video customers:
Sign in with your TWC ID to access our video clips.

out of 10

Free Video Views Remaining

To get you to the stories you care about, we are offering everyone 10 video views per month.

Access to our video is always free for Time Warner Cable video customers who login with their TWC ID.

  To view our videos, you need to
enable JavaScript. Learn how.
install Adobe Flash 9 or above. Install now.

Then come back here and refresh the page.

In a wide-ranging interview with NY1 Political Anchor Errol Louis, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that a mayoral candidacy by his former deputy, Joe Lhota, would be "very good for the city" — while also noting that he’d probably not officiate a gay wedding because he’d be “personally uncomfortable doing it."

In an interview on "Road to City Hall," Giuliani discussed a conversation he had with Lhota about a run for mayor.

"I'm hoping that he runs. I told him very directly it's hard, very difficult. Electing a Republican is always a long shot. I got elected in '93, but only by 2.5 percent. Mike got elected in 2001, only by 3 percent," Giuliani said. "We had a lot of things going for us when we got elected. The reality is, I think it would be very good for the campaign and very good for the city because I think Joe will raise the level of the debate."

While noting that he signed a domestic partnership bill into law as mayor, Giuliani said he is not sure he would perform a same-sex marriage.

"I have not done a gay marriage. I would have to think about it," the former mayor said. "I would be personally uncomfortable doing it, because I don't — I believe the right answer is civil union and/or domestic partnership."

Giuliani also said he supports a federal assault weapons ban.

"I do think, like every other right, you can have reasonable restrictions on the right to bear arms," he said. "They can't be so reasonable or so rigid that they cut it out, but if you want to do something about these automatic weapons, these assault weapons. I was in favor of the assault weapons ban when I was the mayor, I supported it. I continue to support it. I would vote for it if I was a Republican in the House or the Senate."

See the full interview on NY1 at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Connect with the ItCH

• Get an e-mail each day when the ItCH is published by subscribing to our ItCH alert.
• Follow Bob Hardt on Twitter @bobhardt.
• Send your comments to ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP