Rudy Giuliani to run for U.S. Senate; If elected may aim for White House in 2012: source
Sounds like a great idea, at least to the first part.Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year - but will run for U.S. Senate instead, sources told the Daily News.
A source familiar with Giuliani's thinking said the failed presidential candidate has been telling people he plans to run against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in 2010 to fill out the remaining two years of Hillary Clinton's term.
If elected, the source said, he could use that as a stepping stone to run for President in 2012 - rather than run for re-election to the Senate.
A Giuliani spokeswoman downplayed the reports. "Rudy has a history of making up his own mind and has no problem speaking it," she said. "When Mayor Giuliani makes a decision about serving in public office, he will inform New Yorkers on his own."
It also looks like the right call politically:
The Daily Politics - NY Daily NewsToday's Marist poll reveals Rudy Giuliani was wise to take a pass on the 2010 governor's race, but also shows he's a strong contender against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
In a hypothetical head-to-head match-up, the former mayor is way out in front of the former congresswoman, 54-40. One-third of Gillibrand's fellow Democrats say they would support Giuliani, who's also competitive in the Democrat-dominated city he once led.
Marist pollster Lee Miringoff called Giuliani's decision not to seek the executive mansion "good news" for Rick Lazio, now the GOP's lone gubernatorial contender, but "potentially a huge problem" for Gillibrand.