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Giuliani To Endorse Lazio

December 22, 2009

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:

Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for the Senate seat held by Kirsten E. Gillibrand, Republicans briefed on his decision said Monday evening.

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.

  1. December 22, 2009 8:51 am

    Nice article!

  2. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    December 22, 2009 9:34 am

    That’s nice.

    But it was Mike Long from the get-go.

    The most important “Republican” in Brooklyn and the rest of New York State is Mike Long—The Holy Roman Emperor of Continental and Maritime New York— oops, he’s the Conservative Party State Chairman!

    Now, which is really the “Second Party” of New York— soon they have the Board of Elections too.

    • Craig Beaten permalink
      December 23, 2009 2:00 am

      Very, very funny, Wag-the-Dog!

  3. Monika Sawic says "Free the Brooklyn GOP now!" permalink
    December 22, 2009 3:26 pm

    Joe Bartlett’s Saturday Show – 7/25/09 – with guest Craig Eaton!

    Joe talks to the Craig Eaton, the Republican Chairman of Brooklyn, about the possibility of Rudy Guliani running for Governor of New York.

    I guess Craig is another loser now that Rudy has chosen not to run for either governor and/or senator.

    Craig Eaton was a big “Rudy for NY Governor” promoter after being a big Rudy for President promoter in 2008.

    Craig Eaton’s political support for any GOP candidate is like the “kiss of death.”

    Bernie “the Crook” Kerik is in the same splendid company as Rudy and Jay “Rockland County resident” Savino. Birds of a feather flock together!

    crook: a dishonest person, esp. a sharper, swindler, or thief.

    Remember the late Patrick Dorismond and the racist reaction of then-Mayor Giuliani in 2000.

    The Full Rudy: The Man, the Mayor, the Myth.

    • Craig Beaten permalink
      December 23, 2009 1:59 am

      LOL this is funny

  4. impeach Craig Eaton as soon as possible! permalink
    December 22, 2009 8:44 pm—79612477.html

    “Rudolph Giuliani’s got some gubernatorial fanboys working for him. Brooklyn Republican Party Chairman Craig Eaton claims his 2010 candidate for governor is “overwhelmingly supported” by the Party and that “compared to New York City, turning Albany around would be a breeze.” (George Pataki didn’t do much with it, but he’s from Poughkeepsie, where the pace of life is slow.)”

    • Craig Beaten permalink
      December 23, 2009 1:58 am

      Very well said. Craig Eaton MUST GO!

  5. All Too Human permalink
    December 22, 2009 9:24 pm

    “Giuliani’s first marriage was to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi. They were married for fourteen (14) years, before Giuliani had their marriage annulled by the Catholic Church. His second marriage was to Donna Hanover, a news reporter and sometimes soap-opera actress. Havover was the city’s First Lady while Giuliani was mayor, but she stayed farther and farther out of the public spotlight as Giuliani was widely whispered to be swiving his press secretary, Cristyne Lategano. After Ms. Lategano left City Hall, Giuliani took up with a divorced nurse, Judith Nathan, paying her $10,000 per month as his speechwriter. Never one for subtlety, Giuliani and Nathan marched side-by-side in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, where the city’s mayor traditionally walks with his wife.”

    Mistress: Jeanette Pinero (corrections officer)
    Mistress: Judith Regan (publisher)”

    “Suffered a heart attack at 13 West 24th Street, Manhattan, NY, and died during the ambulance ride. At the time, Rockefeller was in the company of his 27-year-old mistress and research assistant Megan Marshak. ”

    • December 23, 2009 7:59 am

      Yes, Regina Peruggi is also the president of Kingsborough Community College. I wonder when she will revoke the unconstitutional “order” restricting the free speach of students.

  6. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    December 23, 2009 8:59 am

    To KCC Joe Hayon—

    The restrictions might be lifted when the so called “free speech” is not abused by people who claim they have a new YR club with over a hundred members at KCC—really, a hundred young Republicans active at Kingsborough—now that’s real strength—if it were true. The problem is there there aren’t one hundred active YRs in all of Brooklyn.

    Being “factually challenged” when you are dealing with the KCRP Chairman may pass muster, but when you’re trying like crazy to get the rest of your party’s support for the nomination to run against a real pro like Weiner it’s someting else,indeed. Try to start by explaining why a thirty-something community college student with a family and no visible means of support would make a good candidate to run for congress.

    Also FYI, there is some buzz that a Marine Park Otolaryngologist with a name that sounds like a digit on your hand also wants to run for congress.

    • December 23, 2009 9:18 am

      Wag, why do you keep on misconstruing the facts?

      First, I never said that the KCC club is a YR club, and for the record, it is not a YR club.

      Second, I need everyone’s support, this includes Rabbis, Priests, Imams, Independents, Conservative Democrats, County Republicans, State Republicans, Young Republicans, Haggerty, and I will have their support, eventually.

      Third, most members of the club are Conservative Democrats, which would explain the enrollment numbers.

      Fourth, the very fact that I am the average person running for public office makes me more appealing to voters.

      Fifth, you totally ignored the point I was making. In any event, I am being legally represented in this matter.

      Sixth, I appreciate the information you provided in your last paragraph. It looks like there will be a primary this year.

    • Young Republican permalink
      December 23, 2009 4:49 pm

      I’m not sure if you know this, but in the last election Weiner had no republican opposition at all. In a district John McCain and George Bush got about 45% of the vote, republicans couldn’t find anyone to run in ’06 or ’08. Republicans should be happy someone is prepared to take on Weiner, and we should either help him, or get out of the way. Don’t obstruct.

  7. Wag-the-Dog permalink
    December 23, 2009 1:32 pm

    To KCC Joe Hayon—

    I only occasionally construe, and it is only in those instances that I might rarely misconstrue.

    Usually, I report buzz, ie., things that I’ve heard that seem interesting and relevant to other items appearing on this blog.

    Several people mentioned your KCC group to me as if it were a YR-type
    organization— I did not construe that it was a YR club, far worse, I ASSUMED that it was and up to now, I never had reason to question my assumption. My bad.

    The questions about your employment,family & student status were mentioned to me by one of your purported supporters.

    • I Heart AAA permalink
      December 23, 2009 1:35 pm

      Joe- Watch your back with these people! Venomous.

    • December 23, 2009 3:29 pm

      Glad we can be on the same page furry friend.

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