March 21, 2005

AFRAID OF THE LADIES:

RUDY HOLDING SUMMIT TO PLOT HIS NEXT MOVE (FREDRIC U. DICKER, March 21, 2005, NY Post)

FORMER Mayor Rudy Giuliani — weighing a run for president or governor — will hold a summit of top advisers within a month to "set the direction" for his political future, The Post has learned.

Two prominent Republicans familiar with the summit say Giuliani has not — despite widely held views to the contrary — ruled out running for governor next year, and is likely to do so if he concludes he can't win the GOP presidential nomination in 2008.

"Anyone who thinks Rudy has ruled out running for governor doesn't know what he's talking about," said a source in regular contact with the former mayor.

"He has not ruled it out. If he does rule out running for president, he's likely to run for governor, assuming Gov. Pataki doesn't run for re-election.

"And if he does run for governor and wins, he's going to stay in Albany and try to straighten out the state, not run for president the next year," the source added.


He can't win the presidential nomination and might not beat Hillary for the Senate, but he can definitely win the gubernatorial.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 21, 2005 12:21 PM
Comments

Rudy would have to be nuts to run for the Senate. Anyone who has observed him over the years recognizes him as that kid who got letters home in Kindergarten advising his parents that 'He does not play well with others.' The culture of deference to seniority and comity with the utter boobs elected by most American states to that 'world's greatest deliberative body' would make his skin crawl. It is very easy to imagine Rudy doing a Preston Brooks number on one of the more tedious Democrats like Ketchup Boy or Harkin. Wellstone wouldn't have made it to March if he were serving with Rudy.

Rudy is a serious administrator, and still relatively young. His cultural 'liberalism' which would hurt him in a GOP Presidential primary will help him in New York, where he must win over culturally liberal voters who are tough on crime and angry about high taxes. The NYC suburbs outvote either Upstate or the City.

A record of shaping up Albany would serve him in good stead in a Presidential run in 2012 or 2016. Hopefully, this culture war hooey will be long over by then.

Posted by: bart at March 21, 2005 1:10 PM
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