Andrew Giuliani Dishes on Problems With Dad

Children of political candidates have long played a part in the lead-up to elections -- but usually, they're smiling and waving on the campaign trial, not speaking poorly of their parents to the press.

It seems Andrew Giuliani missed the memo on how candidates' kids should behave. In an article published today, the 21-year old son of presidential candidate and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times about his strained relationship with his father.

Andrew Giuliani dished about his father's divorce from Donna Hanover, his marriage to Judith Nathan, and his own plan to not participate in his campaign.

Watch "Good Morning America Weekend Edition" on Sunday for more on Andrew Giuliani and the children of presidential candidates.

Andrew Giuliani told ABC News' Andrea Canning that while he doesn't want to hurt his father, he's also not about to keep quiet.

Asked whether he believes anything he said in the New York Times article could hurt his father, Andrew Giuliani asserted, "I do not want to hurt him."

Support from a Distance

Andrew Giuliani said he and his father have recently tried to reconcile after not speaking "for a decent amount of time." In the Times article, Andrew attributed their strained relationship to Nathan, saying, "There's obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife."

According to the Times, Rudy Giuliani used to pride himself on attending all his children's events, but at some point after his marriage to Nathan in 2003 he stopped. He missed his son's graduation in 2005 and his 17-year old daughter's plays in the last 18 months.

"We are both working on our relationship," Andrew Giuliani told Canning. "No matter what he's done, I love my father. He's my father and we love each other. It's not as good as it once was -- but it's better than when it was its lowest, and it is getting better all the time."

"This is something families around the country go through every day," he added. "My friends go through this. But this is front-page news because of who we are."

Andrew Giuliani made clear that despite their personal differences, he fully supports his father's bid for president, and believes he's the right person to run the country.

"I have problems with my father, but it doesn't mean he won't make a great president," he said. "He was a great mayor. He did great things for New York and would be very effective as a president. He is a great leader. He has vision, and he is willing to stand up for what he believes in."

Though he supports his father, Andrew Giuliani does not plan on participating in his campaign. As a Duke University sophomore and aspiring professional golfer, he has no time for distractions.

"I will not be active in his campaign," he told Canning. "I am too busy with golf."

ABC's Jan Simmonds contributed to this report.

Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Year In Pictures
Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images
PHOTO: James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview.
Ed Araquel/Sony/Columbia Pictures/AP Photo
PHOTO: Patrick Crawford is pictured in this photo from his Facebook page.
Meteorologist Patrick Crawford KCEN/Facebook
PHOTO: George Stinney Jr., the youngest person ever executed in South Carolina, in 1944, is seen in this undated file photo.
South Carolina Department of Archives and History/AP Photo