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Rudy Giuliani shocker -- or not

New York is abuzz with the news that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will not run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Kirsten Gillibrand (D). Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who has paid attention to him over the last decade.

You may recall that Giuliani's withdrawal from the 2000 Senate race against Hillary Clinton was one for the opera librettos. Over a period of a couple of weeks, not only did he cede the field to Rick Lazio, the man Giuliani is expected to endorse for governor today, but he also announced that he had prostate cancer and then, after his extramarital affair became public, that he was separating from his wife.

But that's not what did Giuliani in. His deep ambivalence about the seat did. He wasn't much for campaigning outside the five boroughs of New York City. He didn't think twice about canceling appearances in upstate New York. Most famously, he took in a Yankees game instead of going to Rochester to attend a fundraiser and a lunch with supporters.

It was the same story in the 2008 presidential race. Giuliani put a half-hearted effort into the early primaries, focusing mostly on Florida. He came in third in the Sunshine State and withdrew the next day.

So when talk bubbled up this fall that Giuliani was thinking of statewide office, I didn't bother to think much of it. If he was bored with upstate swings when he was mayor, imagine what it would have been like for him now that he's a multi-millionaire. Ultimately, the speculation was good for business. And on that score, Giuliani is already a winner.

By Jonathan Capehart  | December 22, 2009; 1:11 PM ET
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Jonathon, I'm a huge fan - also on facebook. Thanks for keeping the pols honest with your reporting. Really enjoy watching you on MSNBC. When are we going to see those hot Prada pants again? LOL Happy Holidays!

Posted by: billwhitejr | December 22, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Rudy is about one thing 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11.

The fool had his emergency headquarters in the WTC even after the earlier bombing. What a dope. That's why he was running around the streets. He had nowhere to go.

Posted by: sherardg | December 22, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

WINNER? NOT. Remember Bernard!

Posted by: webster11 | December 22, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Rudy G - nothing short of a cheating coward. Get a life, jerk.

Posted by: sgoldstein1 | December 22, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

this is bad news as it indicates the puppet masters require Rudy services during the next Presidential cycle so we get to hear more rhetoric about the War on Terror, the Global War on Terror, September 11th, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11. The Military Industrial Complex needs a Champion and it has found on in Rudy. Romney will be shilling for Corporate America while who knows who shows up to make sure the platform includes more protection for the Wall Street "investment" banks.
Some old crap. Special Interests get their man and he rewards his masters with taxpayer dollars. Obama's hope and change was a marketing blitz, his true colors shining through as we make the turn at the end of year one.
FISA, Afghanistan, Wall Street Fat cat bailouts and now mandated subscribers for the health insurance industry and no drug importations for big Pharma.
Good lord. no a government by and for the people but a government by and for corporate interests.
I see a populist uprising however against this corruption. A revolution calling.
Campaign finance reform ~ term limits, and an audit of the Federal Reserve will take a lot of wind out of the sails of our owners and restore the power of voting.
One day we will elect a President that has the majority of the voters reflecting the majority of the American people vs the sham elections we have today were there is a majority that do not vote for the either false choice candidate put forth by our joke of a two party system.
Dont want to hear love it or leave it cause I am staying and changing it.

Posted by: AmericanSpirit | December 22, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

He must have figured the serial adulterer constituancy was not enough.

Posted by: calif-joe | December 22, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Two words that will prevent Guiliani from ever again holding public office:

Bernie Kerik.

And the Kerik scandal isn't over.

October 20, 2009:

"Bernard Kerik became the first NYPD commissioner to land in jail Tuesday after a judge revoked his bail for trying to taint the jury pool in his upcoming corruption trial.

"Late last night Kerik was taken from White Plains Federal Court to the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla. His lawyers vowed a prompt appeal to try and get him out.

"A furious Judge Stephen Robinson threw Kerik in the clink after prosecutors said the former top cop and the head of his legal defense fund engaged in a subversive campaign to sway potential jurors."


Kerik is the monster of Giuliani's making. Guiliani even managed to convince Bush that Kerik should be head of Homeland Security.

Heaven help us and protect us from self-absorbed, tiny-minded losers like Giuliani.

Posted by: WhatHeSaid | December 22, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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Palin, Gingrich, Bush, Rudy.

let the feeding frenzy begin.

Posted by: simonsays1 | December 22, 2009 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani does not deserve to be elected dog catcher. He easily throws around 9/11 like a mantra, which is the height of gall. Using the apartments that were donated for use of exhausted 9/11 rescue workers as a meeting place with his affair at that time, was an unprecedented low. In terms of character, he is the ultimate loser.

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Posted by: huangzhixian175 | December 22, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

Rudy 9/11 no doubt had his lieutenants conduct a thorough demographic study in NYS and he realized that a run for governor would expose some of his shortcomings. Above all let's not forget the FDNY which questioned his ego-decision policies in the matter of blocking an emergency communications system with the NYPD prior to 9/11 after beinng well aware of the first Tower terror-breach in 1993. And who can forget Rudy 9/11 nixing all attempts by experienced LEOs to centralize the Emergency Communications Center in Brooklyn instead of the Towers. Some mistakes are unforgiveable.

Posted by: juke2 | December 22, 2009 11:59 PM | Report abuse

"Rudy Gulliani Shocker..or not"


I'd say that Rudy's rather not Kosher at all.

Posted by: bekabo | December 23, 2009 1:09 AM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
23 December 2009

I have to give full credit to Rudy Giuliani for announcing this early that he is not running for the senate or for the governorship of New York.

An intelligent politico, Mr. Giuliani obviously has weighed all the pros and cons of a candidacy--and come up with the conclusion that with all the personal baggage that he carries, there is no chance for him to win at all.

He made a run for the Republican nomination the last time around, but did very poorly.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | December 23, 2009 6:11 AM | Report abuse

Like he'd give-up his consulting salary. No loss.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 23, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

9/11 Rudy, like Sarah Palin, is in it for the MONEY!

Posted by: knjincvc | December 23, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

It was the best news that I've heard in quite a while. As a New Yorker, I will not miss his presence on any ticket. Rudy is only interested in one person: Rudolph Guiliani.

Posted by: fnewt | December 23, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

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