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Republican Party

Rudy Talks to GOP's 'Young Guns'

By Paul Kane
Former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani continues to try to keep up his political profile, trekking to Capitol Hill this morning to talk about the future of the Republican Party to a group of younger GOP lawmakers who are likely to become the party's next generation of leaders.

Giuliani, who recently opened a new political committee and attended a New York Yankees game with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), tried to rally House Republicans who have started the "Young Guns" fund -- a group of lawmakers committed to raising funds for 20 challengers this fall up against Democratic incumbents.

Led by Reps. Eric Cantor (Va.), 45, Paul Ryan (Wisc.), 38, and Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), 43, the lawmakers running the "Young Guns" fund hail largely from the ranks of relative newcomers to the Capitol who are trying to finance challengers who are generationally their compatriots. Giuliani spoke on a day when the Republican lawmakers were hosting a breakfast fund-raising event at the Republican National Committee's Capitol Hill Club to benefit Chris Hackett, a 45-year-old from northeastern Pennsylvania running against Rep. Chris Carney (D-Pa.).

"It's a tough national environment but we can win if we individualize races," Giuliani told the Republicans, according to a participants at the meeting. The mayor also stressed the importance of staying "positive" and unified, while also urging the younger House Republicans to get on the campaign trail as surrogates for McCain's presidential campaign.

Giuliani, whose presidential campaign flamed out when he bet his race on the Florida primary, which McCain won, was speaking to a group of Republicans who have watched their party's status on Capitol Hill implode over the past two years. Other than the current, largely unified offensive calling for more domestic drilling, House Republicans have been split into factions for most of the spring and summer as Democrats scored a series of key victories on domestic legislation.

House Republicans lost three straight special elections in March and May in districts GOP incumbents had previously held for several decades, and their campaign committee faces a 7-to-1 deficit in cash on hand against its Democratic counterpart. To that end, the 20 "Young Guns" -- including Pete Olson, GOP challenger to Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Texas), a district previously held by Tom DeLay -- have collected $1.6 million combined in donations from the Cantor-Ryan-McCarthy group of lawmakers.

In addition, participants in the meeting said, the GOP lawmakers told Giuliani that they will need him out on the trail stumping for Republican candidates for the House. "We won't be bashful about asking you to come campaign for us," Cantor said.

No commitments have been made, but the former mayor is likely to accept the request.

Posted at 5:53 PM ET on Jul 24, 2008  | Category:  Republican Party
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There is always gossip. If Rudy's first wife was his second cousin, so what? That is the 4th degree and it is only illegal (in most states) or against church rules for 1st cousins. It's the 2nd and 3rd wife that bothered me.

Why use dirty politics? You should use the real stuff against old Rudy. When he was in office, when he left office, and so on.

Posted by: Katherine | July 26, 2008 10:50 PM

Rudy is a freak. Where to begin? The first of his three marriages was to his second cousin. Hello?! He dodged the draft, and then prosecuted draft dodgers. Nice! And his executive ability sucks: everybody told him to not put the emergency response unit in a WTC building. But he was too stubborn to listen and move the unit to Brooklyn. Oh yeah, he doesn't give a darn about the people he represents. Right after 9/11 he lied to the good people of NYC and told them that the air was safe. Right!

The Young Guns should listen: lie, cheat and steal! You'll fit in with the Republican party! You can be as freaky deaky as you want in our Republican party! But, publicly, of course, you have to embrace the religious right and promise to finance and force their social agenda on America! Awesome!

They are not hypocrites! They are Republicans! There's a subtle but important distinction. Republicans are hypocrites WITH power- and that makes all the difference in the world....

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 25, 2008 1:43 PM

Rudy's preaching to American youth the virtues of Republicanism? Meanwhile Rudy's son Andrew is suing Duke University for kicking him off the golf team for being an obnoxious twit. Go figure?

Posted by: Rob | July 25, 2008 9:56 AM

Maybe he can show them his "rope-a-dope" Florida plan. Don't spend any money, don't campaign and wonder why you didn't get any votes.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 25, 2008 3:36 AM

Memo to Young Guns

Do not hire any members of the "RUDY BRAIN TRUST" do not take advise from 'TONY THE BARTENDER" and 'WIN ON YOUR OWN' Rudy campaigning for you is not the winning way. The voters are electing "YOU". So go out there and WIN.

VJ Machiavelli
ps Remember "RUDY" was the leading in the polls and Ron Paul got for delegates than "RUDY"

Posted by: VJ Machiavelli | July 25, 2008 12:40 AM

Sadly this trend will continue (losing seats) if we as Republicans do not reach out to the many members, members like myself in many ways, who are unhappy with the overall direction of the GOP.

We need to be less intrusive in personal and private lives and respect the notion a mans home is his castle.

There are several million American, Republican American, internet poker players who are not happy with the UIGEA and the attempts to prevent them from enjoying a game of cards online in the privacy of ones home.

Support for, or at the least lack of opposition to H.R. 2610, the Skill Games protection act would go a long ways toward healing this rift while garnering votes from Obama or Bob Barr, vote we desperately need.

This all the while one can play hearts, spades, solitaire and many other games of mixed chance and skill online via the stalwart conservative supporter Liberty Media (NewsCorp / Fox News) who also owns Fun Technologies - World Winner, the largest online game wagering site on the internet.

Posted by: Poker_Man | July 24, 2008 10:50 PM

I'm sure Rudy will give them sage advice: lie, cheat and steal- it's the Republican way! Just don't get caught. Make sure you have a prenup, a great side dish or two, and never ever believe your own bs.

Posted by: JR, Boston | July 24, 2008 8:54 PM

For the sake of the two-party system, I wish the Young Guns luck, but I don't think listening to Rudy Giuliani make vacuous speeches is going to inspire anyone to support a new generation of Republicans.

Posted by: THS | July 24, 2008 8:19 PM

Its going to take more then a pep talk to get the young enthusiatic about McCain. Did you seem him fall asleep on the Conan show??? I mean are you for real? How can he be Commander and Cheif. I just saw the video at I dont know, seems to me the GOP is in big trouble they should ditch McCain and run someone more charismatic, like a Huckabee or something. McCain couldnt even compete with T. Boon Pickens charisma and I think T. Boon is older then McCain? Wise up GOP you are going to lose this one.

Posted by: Paul | July 24, 2008 6:29 PM

Rudy's hardly the appropriate person to perk up young conservatives...

Posted by: matt | July 24, 2008 6:28 PM

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