No Run for Rudy
December 22nd, 2009

It would be hard running from Brazil, former mayor Rudolph Giuliani said, referring his involvement in providing security consulting to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio. It was that commitment among other business affairs that Giuliani announced today will keep him from seeking political office in 2010.

Giuliani admitted that he had considered running for senate and governor, but his business commitments made him decide against either run. Instead Giuliani endorsed Rick Lazio for governor. He said Lazio would bring the state “fiscal discipline.”

Giuliani insisted that this is by no means the end of his political career. He refused to rule out a future run but also said he has “no idea” if he will run for something else, “or if I will never run again.”

The former mayor also denied rumors that his decision not to run was based on his relationship with former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik. Kerik, whom Giuliani recommended to President George W. Bush as a candidate to head the Office of Homeland security, pleaded guilty last month to lying to federal officials and tax fraud.

Giuliani’s decision not to run for US Senate or governor has left the Republican party looking for candidates to put at the top of their ticket. Lazio is currently polling behind Gov. David Paterson. Paterson’s numbers are tiny compared to those of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.

Giuliani said that he saw former Gov. George Pataki and Rep. Peter King as good challengers to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. He said that he could endorse in the race, “or I will let the primary work that out.”

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