Former Deputy Mayor Joseph Lhota is constantly defending his former boss' legacy, even as his opponent says Rudolph Giuliani was divisive, and Giuliani will finally have the chance to thank Lhota in person in front of the cameras on Friday. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
Joseph Lhota and Rudolph Giuliani have not campaigned together since the primary in September, but that changes on Friday.
"We will be together tomorrow," Lhota said Thursday.
After a long election season, Lhota's former boss will join him on the campaign trail on Staten Island, a last-minute appearance just five days before the general election.
The former mayor's absence has been a constant question for Lhota.
"He's been out of the country on business," Lhota said. "Hard to campaign in New York when you're not in the country."
During that time period, Giuliani at one point made a campaign appearance for an Argentinean mayor.
On Staten Island on Thursday, Lhota said he does not feel slighted.
"I've had his endorsement. He's made phone calls for me. He's been a prolific fundraiser for me," Lhota said. "He's been doing everything that we've asked him to do."
Lhota claims that Giuliani's last-minute entry will give his candidacy a boost.
"Rudy will help me significantly with voters," Lhota said. "Come out tomorrow and see how much he's loved."
Despite being far behind in the polls, Lhota says he's still having fun on the campaign trail, including on Staten Island, where the candidate made a Halloween reference to his rather tall opponent.
"Does this remind you of anything?" Lhota said, pointing to the Grim Reaper. "Alright, not as tall."
It's that kind of doom and gloom that Lhota argues that Bill de Blasio will bring to the city, a message he made in his latest TV ad.
"We are one bad mayor away from unsafe streets, failing schools and fiscal chaos," the ad says.
While Lhota was handing out sweets on Staten Island, one group of supporters said it would not make a final push for the Republican.
The political action committee New Yorkers for Proven Leadership is out of cash.
The group was backed by the Koch family.
A representative said it will continue to air ads it already made in September, but that's it.