Giuliani Decides Not To Run For NY Governor
The path for Andrew Cuomo is now clear. From the New York Times:
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
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
appear 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, 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.
In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Mr. Giuliani said he had not yet made his decision but said, “I will very soon.”
The decision will be a boost 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.