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NYT: Giuliani Is Said to Have Decided Not to Run for Governor

November 19, 2009

In case you haven’t heard already, it is being reported that former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani is not seeking the office of Governor.

Here is the story:

Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for governor of New York next year after months of mulling a candidacy, according to people who have been told of the decision.

His decision is a blow to many Republican leaders, who had viewed Mr. Giuliani as the strongest potential candidate in a year in which voter anger and anti-Albany sentiment appeared to be swelling.

Contenders from both parties have been waiting for months to hear what the former mayor would decide.

It was not clear what prompted the decision, but the prospect of potentially facing Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who is quietly planning his own run for governor on the Democratic ticket, may not have appealed to Mr. Giuliani, who suffered a bruising defeat in the 2008 Republican presidential primary. While many political analysts believe Mr. Giuliani would have comfortably beaten Gov. David A. Paterson, he would likely have faced an uphill battle against Mr. Cuomo, one of the most popular politicians in the state.

It remains unclear whether the former mayor is considering any other political race in 2010. Some have urged him to take on the newly installed Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who has never run statewide and is still introducing herself to voters in parts of the state.

Mr. Giuliani has built a lucrative career as a motivational speaker, and his business interests, including his firm Giuliani Partners, tend to suffer when he runs for office, those who know him say. He also has strained relations with Edward F. Cox, the new state Republican Party chairman, which would have complicated a potential campaign. Mr. Cox has publicly urged Mr. Giuliani to consider running for the Senate instead of governor.

Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Mr. Giuliani, said Wednesday that it was “premature” to say any decisions had been made, and cited the former mayor’s statements on television last weekend.

In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Mr. Giuliani said he had not yet made his decision but said, “I will very soon.”

Those told of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity, because they did not want to speak publicly ahead of Mr. Giuliani.

The decision will be a boon to other Republican contenders. So far, Rick Lazio, a former congressman from Long Island, is the only declared candidate on the Republican side. Another much discussed potential contender is Chris Collins, the Erie County executive.

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13 Comments
  1. Jane Eyre permalink
    November 19, 2009 4:35 pm

    Wow….. this Rudy for Governor was a huge “pet project” of Craig Eaton!

    Again….. Craig’s a failure!

    Didn’t the Brooklyn GOP help finance the “Draft Rudy” public relations campaign?

    http://www.urbanelephants.com/index.php/myblog/Giuliani-Drops-Out-of-Governors-Race.html

    http://www.wor710.com/topic/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=3902436

    from June 1, 2009 > Brooklyn GOP Tries To Draft Rudy For Gov »

    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2009/06/brooklyn-gop-tries-to-draft-ru.html#ixzz0XLM3LAyR

  2. Gerry permalink
    November 19, 2009 6:22 pm

    Craig must be crying so much! LOL

  3. I HATE EATON THUGS permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:13 pm

    Craig should have kept his fat mouth shut. Ugh.

  4. I Heart Rick Lazio permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:15 pm

    Good luck, Rick!

    Don’t hate Brooklyn just because The Duke acted like the fool he is!

  5. BROOKLYN REFORMER permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:20 pm

    Craig is just a loser all around. He is politically inept.
    Once again he has made a laughing stock of the Bay Ridge Republican Party.
    Brooklyn Republicans know better.
    It will be interesting to see how he screws up the 13th Congressional race.
    He will problably do it on purpose.
    Everyone knows that he is a RINO, and works with the Democrats every chance he gets.
    Now “Draft” yourself Craig!

    • SI GOPer permalink
      November 19, 2009 8:21 pm

      He’ll probably blame Staten Island again! LOL

  6. Joe Topper permalink
    November 19, 2009 7:22 pm

    We will watch with awe and wonder as to how far Craig will crawl up Rick’s ass.

  7. Young Republican permalink
    November 19, 2009 8:27 pm

    Seriously? It’s Eaton’s fault that Rudy isn’t running? Or is it Eaton’s los? I don’t really get it. Rudy running for governor and winning would have been a good thing for all of New York, and now that he isn’t, All New York is losing.

    Although I’m not Rudy’s biggest fan, I think he has the best shot of reforming Albany (to the extent that it could be reformed,) and I just don’t think Lazio has it in him. But anyway with Rudy out, Lazio seems to be our best shot.

    • Gerry permalink
      November 19, 2009 10:11 pm

      Not Craig’s fault. It’s Cuomo’s fault lol.

      I agree it’s a loss. He was our best shot.

      It also was foolish of Eaton to support a person who hadn’t declared a run for office over a man who had indicated a run for office. It was premature.

      • SEXIER REPUBLICANA permalink
        November 19, 2009 10:35 pm

        Sounds just like the Craig we know.
        Don’t worry honey it happens to every guy.

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