Giuliani To Endorse Lazio
Well, folks, it’s official. Giuliani will not be running for U.S. Senate and will endorse Rick Lazio for Governor shortly, The New York Times reports:
The decision by Mr. Giuliani, 65, leaves Senator Gillibrand — who was appointed to her seat less than a year ago, has never run in a statewide election, and is still unfamiliar to many voters — without a high-profile Republican opponent as she faces election to the seat.
As recently as a week ago, a Quinnipiac University poll showed Mr. Giuliani leading Ms. Gillibrand in a hypothetical matchup, 50 percent to 40 percent.
Mr. Giuliani, whose decision to forgo a race for governor was reported a month ago, plans to endorse Rick Lazio for governor of New York on Tuesday afternoon at a news conference in Manhattan, the Republicans said. Mr. Giuliani’s intentions were reported by The Daily News on its Web site Monday evening.
Many Republican leaders, sensing anger at Albany and incumbent politicians in general, had seen the former mayor as the strongest potential candidate for governor or for Senate in 2010. But party officials had begun agitating for him to declare his intentions as to the Senate race.
Mr. Giuliani has built a successful 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. The corruption case against his friend and former police commissioner, Bernard B. Kerik, could have made a statewide campaign more complicated. And Mr. Giuliani has strained relations withEdward F. Cox, the new state Republican Party chairman.
His endorsement of Mr. Lazio, a former Long Island congressman, will enhance a sense of momentum that Mr. Lazio has been trying to project as he faces a potential primary rival in Chris Collins, the Erie County executive and a favorite of Mr. Cox.
In 2000, Mr. Lazio deferred to Mr. Giuliani in the race for Senate against Hillary Rodham Clinton, only for Mr. Giuliani to drop out five months before the election to battle prostate cancer. Mr. Lazio re-entered the race but lost.
From the The New York Times.