March 4, 2007 — -- 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 Saturday, 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 and marriage to Judith Nathan, and his own plan to not participate in his campaign. He later told ABC News 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."
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 ABC News. "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."