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Giuliani Said to Decide Against Run for Governor

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

 

Rudy Giuliani Foto Spencer Platt Getty ImagesMany Republican leaders had viewed Mr. Giuliani as the strongest potential candidate as voter anger and anti-Albany sentiment have appeared to be swelling.

It remains unclear whether the former mayor is considering any other political race in 2010. Some have urged him to take on Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, who is newly installed in office, has never run statewide and is still introducing herself to voters in some areas. Mr. Giuliani is said to have made no decision about such a race.

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 possibility of facing Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who is quietly planning a run for governor on the Democratic ticket, may not have appealed to Mr. Giuliani, who suffered a bruising defeat in the 2008 Republican presidential primaries.

While many political analysts believe that Mr. Giuliani would have comfortably beaten Gov. David A. Paterson, he was likely to have faced an uphill battle against Mr. Cuomo, one of the most popular politicians in the state.

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 former police commissioner and friend, Bernard B. Kerik, could have made a run more complicated. And Mr. Giuliani has strained relations with Edward F. Cox, the new state Republican Party chairman. Mr. Cox, who declined to comment for this article, has publicly urged Mr. Giuliani to consider running for the Senate instead of governor.

Maria Comella, a spokeswoman for Mr. Giuliani, said in a statement on Thursday, “Rudy has a history of making up his own mind and has no problem speaking it.”

“When Mayor Giuliani makes a decision about serving in public office, he will inform New Yorkers on his own,” she added.

She also cited statements by the former mayor 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 Mr. Giuliani’s decision spoke on the 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. But, with Mr. Giuliani out of the picture, it could be harder for the party to recapture the governor’s mansion.

Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, said, “Right now, the Republicans got some momentum off the November elections, but they lack big-name candidates, and Rudy Giuliani represents someone who has high name recognition and could attract money.”

Assemblyman Bill Reilich, the chairman of the Republican Party in Monroe County, said it was better to know of Mr. Giuliani’s decision now, so the party could begin the process of coalescing behind a candidate.

“If his decision is not to run for governor, I’m only glad it is occurring now and it’s not something we’re hearing in February,” Mr. Reilich said, adding, “It makes it a little easier to move forward.”

Senator Dean G. Skelos, the Republican leader of the State Senate, said, “Obviously, I would love to see him run for the governorship,” adding, “Governor Paterson has indicated he’s going all the way, so I think he’ll be a very vulnerable incumbent.”

Mr. Skelos said that if Mr. Giuliani decided to run for the Senate, “that would be great for our state.”

The development could complicate the race for governor on the Democratic side. Mr. Paterson has vowed to stay in the race despite his low poll numbers, even after the White House has urged him to drop out. He has told friends and associates privately that he would consider the matter further once Mr. Giuliani’s plans were known, and he may feel emboldened that a formidable potential opponent has decided not to run.

That could set up a divisive primary between Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Paterson.

Jay Jacobs, the state Democratic chairman, said of Mr. Giuliani’s decision, “I think it means that the Republican bench is shallower and shallower.”

Mr. Jacobs added, “I think that his deciding not to run is a solid indication that, although we had a tough election two weeks back, looking forward the Republicans obviously see there’s a steep uphill cl. mb for them.”

Nicholas Confessore contributed reporting.

 

By DANNY HAKIM

 

Source: The New York Times (19.11.2009)


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