Awful: Giuliani not running for Senate in New York

posted at 8:15 pm on December 21, 2009 by Allahpundit

Bad in so many ways.

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to announce Tuesday he is not running for U.S. Senate or anything else in 2010, effectively ending his storied – and often stormy – electoral career, The Daily News has learned…

Ironically, however, Giuliani’s decision not to run will almost certainly benefit the Democratic Gillibrand more than anyone.

The former mayor’s step back all but assures that the freshman Gillibrand, appointed earlier this year by Gov. Paterson to fill Secretary of State Clinton’s old seat, will not face any big-name GOPers.

“Her path is now cleared,” enthused one Democratic operative…

Had Giuliani run for Senate, all his scandalous baggage – which includes his former top cop, Bernard Kerik, who last month pleaded guilty to accepting home renovations from a mobbed up contractor – would have been unpacked again.

Yes, all his scandalous baggage — which has been public knowledge for years and years and yet he still led Gillibrand by double digits in three separate polls over the past month. You’re never going to get an environment better suited for a GOP pick-up in New York than next year: Gillibrand’s largely unknown, the national mood is anti-Democratic, and there’s a challenger available with national name recognition who’s largely in line with New Yorkers on social issues. A Rudy win would have given the party a foothold again in the northeast and a voice with a Senate megaphone to challenge Obama on detainee issues, for starters. And of course it would have undercut the media stereotype that the GOP is a small tent that’s dominated now by tea partiers and the like. All that, up in smoke.


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Is a real conservative running instead?

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

More bad news in a what has turned out to be an extremely bad news day.

LASue on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

All that, up in smoke.

Don’t fret Allah. Maybe something else will come up. Gov.? Congressman? Vice-President? Something with Defense in it’s name?

upinak on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Maybe he can lead the way to sue the Federal government to stop Obamacare and TARP abuses.

PattyJ on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Terrible news.

tetriskid on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

Good . I was not looking forward to moving there just to vote against him .

borntoraisehogs on December 21, 2009 at 8:19 PM

This bites!
And it makes me worry for Mr. Giuliani’s health. That’s one significant reason I can think of why he might have made this announcement.

Mary in LA on December 21, 2009 at 8:20 PM

I guess Palin could move there.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Ugh

COME ON!~!!!!!

oh i forgot hes a big fake blah blah blah

/purist

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Bah! Rudy! Come on!

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Giuliani, this is just selfish.

sammypants on December 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

sammypants on December 21, 2009 at 8:22 PM

As was pointed out earlier, he may be having health problems again.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:23 PM

The baggage wasn’t enough to keep him out of the presidential race, but it’s enough to keep him from running for the Senate? I don’t buy it.

Mark1971 on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

that is depressing.

deidre on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Nah, he should run. We can’t spare that man–he fights.

Horatius on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

I am so sad. Rudy has been such a great mayor. He would have been a great governor or senator. Major bummer.

cubachi on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

Blatantblue 2010!

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

meh, another RINO who would legalize an invasion of his own people for political gain.

DwnSouthJukin on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

I’m a New Yorker and I don’t understand the reason Kerik makes Giuliani such an undesired candidate. Sure, his association with Kerik isn’t a shining star, but it’s not like he was telling him to commit tax fraud.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

2012.

Bishop on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Is a real conservative running instead?

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

When was the last time NY had a real conservative U.S. Senator? He was thebest shot we had, for that or governor.

New York State, deep blue forever! :(

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Blatantblue 2010!

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:24 PM

yea, good luck with that

they’d find every older woman i’ve gallivanted with, and portray me as some sex addict.

….and that would not be entirely false.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Peter King! Wonder if he’s thinking about it?

BJ* on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Plus

you have to kiss babies

who wants to kiss babies?

and you have to act as if you like everyone at rallies

i dont like everyone.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Yep, you are correct. I say we saw off the east coast and let it float over to europe. They wanna be like europe anyway.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

they’d find every older woman i’ve gallivanted with, and portray me as some sex addict.

….and that would not be entirely false.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

I think that’s a positive in NY.

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

That’s too bad. I wish he’d run for Mayor again.

Urban Infidel on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Yep, you are correct. I say we saw off the east coast and let it float over to europe. They wanna be like europe anyway.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

oh shaddup

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

Just wear a mask and say you were exposed to swine flu.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

I think that’s a positive in NY.

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

whys that?

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Rudy is still going to run for the US Senate, but in Florida.

Emperor Norton on December 21, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Me thinks,Mr.Giuliani has peeked into the chrystal ball,and see’s an all smothering draconian Liberal government that
doesn’t want any bipartisanship,or have any need whatsover
to work with the Republican Party,its clear to the Leftys,
that the Right,are in the way of their progress!!(sarc).

But,I really hope not!

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

yea, good luck with that

they’d find every older woman i’ve gallivanted with, and portray me as some sex addict.

….and that would not be entirely false.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

Don’t underestimate the Cougar constituency, both in votes and in fund raising. Besides, who else is it gonna be?

trubble on December 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Bummer. Wonder why he isn’t running.

conservative pilgrim on December 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

That’s too bad. I wish he’d run for Mayor again.

Urban Infidel on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

me too
its nice feeling safe in NYC, compared to older times

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

I’m sorry to hear it. He would have had my vote in whatever position he ran for. Maybe he can continue to act as a vocal opponant of Obama’s policies at least.

DrAllecon on December 21, 2009 at 8:29 PM

speaking of NY politicians

Lee Zeldin is the man! Tried to unseat Congressman Tim Bishop (a real turdo).

I think Zeldin is going to try again next time around

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Yep, you are correct. I say we saw off the east coast and let it float over to europe. They wanna be like europe anyway.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:27 PM

*whimpers* But I don`t wanna go to Europe!

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Can you say, Joe Scarborough for Senate.

Not my first choice….

CTSherman on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Just such a shame. A real shame. We really need every soldier we can get.

JellyToast on December 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

I hope the gun hater doesn’t think about 2012 presidential bid.

farright on December 21, 2009 at 8:31 PM

they’d find every older woman i’ve gallivanted with, and portray me as some sex addict.

….and that would not be entirely false.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:26 PM

blatantblue: You would have, a Cougar Quagmire!!!:)hehe

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Just as well. We have enough RINO’s as it is…

voiceofreason on December 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

But I don`t wanna go to Europe!

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

We’re about to BE Europe.

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

Unfortunate.

Hawkins1701 on December 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

And Gov is out?

I say, AG in a Palin or Romney Administration. Or Homeland Security.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Seantor Scozzafava!

SouthernGent on December 21, 2009 at 8:34 PM

Lazio is running for Gov., but unless the economy gets even worse, I fear he won’t be able to beat Cuomo.

The good news: New York is largely a lost cause, so this may just be academic

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:35 PM

Heartbroken… If only we had 41 Senators in there (Hoping the Maine sisters don’t defect)

El_Terrible on December 21, 2009 at 8:35 PM

But I don`t wanna go to Europe!

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:30 PM

We’re about to BE Europe.

txag92 on December 21, 2009 at 8:32 PM

I suppose. At least our people smell better…….. For the most part. So who is going for senate and gov. here? I`m pretty sure I`ve heard Rick Lazio mentioned for one of them.

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:36 PM

I wonder who he will endorse…?

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2009 at 8:36 PM

You guys are funny. Hot Air commenters would be the first calling Rudy a RINO if were to make into the Senate and vote left of Grahamn and McCain, which most certainly would. So why the cheering for Rudy?

terryannonline on December 21, 2009 at 8:36 PM

New York is a leftist/liberal lost cause. Conservatives/Republicans need to put their time, money and energy into states where the probabilities of success are higher.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Rudy is a solid, solid conservative where it really matters these days. All of those calling him a RINO right now, perhaps you ought to look inward to figure out why the Democrats are running roughshod over Washington right now. We want conservatives, but if they have to fit a rigid mold, we aren’t going to get ANY. I’m not advocating for Dede Scozzafava “Republicans,” but strong fiscal Republicans like Rudy Giuliani are exactly the type of conservatives that we need leading the charge, especially in a state like New York where there is ZERO prayer of a conservative fitting your rigid mold winning in a statewide race.

On all of the issues that are important in Washington these days – health care, card check, cap-and-trade, etc. – Rudy Giuliani is your friend. And you’re going to chase him away because he dressed in drag once on SNL to try and get a few laughs. Ridiculous.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Yes. Awful for us. But smart for him.

It reaffirms my confidence in him that he’s full well capable of a better career in private business than one in politics. Our loss, his gain.

Go, Rudy!

petefrt on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Prager says the North saved the South in the Civil War; and the South will save the North now…New York ain’t.

ALSO, GREETINGS FROM TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM SEN. SCHUMER’S home–please send me sympathy, at least.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

bada bing bada boom thank you

New York is a leftist/liberal lost cause. Conservatives/Republicans need to put their time, money and energy into states where the probabilities of success are higher.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

totally untrue.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

So why the cheering for Rudy?

terryannonline on December 21, 2009 at 8:36 PM

For me, it’s because if you get enough people with the (R) behind their names to beat the communists with the (D), you can change committee chairmanships which is ultimately important.

SouthernGent on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

New York is a leftist/liberal lost cause. Conservatives/Republicans need to put their time, money and energy into states where the probabilities of success are higher.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

actually
we need to be hitting the left everywhere.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

petefrt on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

This, I can agree with. Rudy’s done his service to his country in elected politics. We can’t EXPECT more from him, even if we would like more from him.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

Rudy is no friend to the 2nd amendment…. I,for one, am glad he’s not going to run.
Watch the whole video.

jerrytbg on December 21, 2009 at 8:39 PM

ALSO, GREETINGS FROM TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM SEN. SCHUMER’S home–please send me sympathy, at least.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

You have my sympathy but I have to ask, did you TP or egg his house on halloween?

farright on December 21, 2009 at 8:41 PM

For me, it’s because if you get enough people with the (R) behind their names to beat the communists with the (D), you can change committee chairmanships which is ultimately important.

SouthernGent on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

But I thought the Tea Party crowd didn’t want NO Rino’s.

terryannonline on December 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

O.k. Lazio is running for governor. Anyone have an idea of his numbers now or his chance of winning?

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

PATRIOT WINS BIG IN SPECIAL KENTUCKY ELECTION

nondhimmie on December 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

O.k. Lazio is running for governor. Anyone have an idea of his numbers now or his chance of winning?

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 8:42 PM

Last poll had him trailing Paterson. And as far as Paterson’s numbers are in the absolute toilet, that’s a pretty damning statement on the state of the NYGOP even before you utter the words “Dede Scozzafava.”

And another reason why Giuliani was practically a requirement for revival.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

totally untrue.

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 PM

Interesting . . . things must have changed dramatically since I last lived there. Upstate was conservative but they were vastly overwhelmed by far eastern New York and the greater New York City metropolitan area.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Allah, Gillibrand’s seat is a Class I seat. Are they going to vote for a Senator who will only serve until 2012? Schumer is a Class III Senator and he’s up for re-election.

Tom

marinetbryant on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

You’re never going to get an environment better suited for a GOP pick-up in New York than next year: Gillibrand’s largely unknown, the national mood is anti-Democratic, and there’s a challenger available with national name recognition who’s largely in line with New Yorkers on social issues. A Rudy win would have given the party a foothold again in the northeast and a voice with a Senate megaphone to challenge Obama on detainee issues, for starters. And of course it would have undercut the media stereotype that the GOP is a small tent that’s dominated now by tea partiers and the like. All that, up in smoke.

1. WTF would we concede social issues to NY?

2. Sure you think he’d challenge Obama on law and order, but what if ACORN pelted his motorcade with snowballs?

Chris_Balsz on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

i think NY is ripe for conversion

people are TIRED of taxes

particularly property taxes

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Maybe he can lead the way to sue the Federal government to stop Obamacare and TARP abuses.

PattyJ on December 21, 2009 at 8:18 PM

He does have a background in fighting Organized Crime families.

thomasaur on December 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Rudy has his good points. The problem I have is if he couldn’t be faithful to his wife why the heck should I think he’d be faithful to me? I just can’t trust he wouldn’t sell out. Then again I can’t trust any politician not to do that.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Truly awful news.

Ugh.

nickj116 on December 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

i just look at what he did to NYC, you know?

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

ALSO, GREETINGS FROM TWO BLOCKS AWAY FROM SEN. SCHUMER’S home–please send me sympathy, at least.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM

ParisParamus: So,you live near Schumers place eh,how did
you wind up,in this little world of h*ll!
(I Kid):)

Oh,you have my sympathies!:)

canopfor on December 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

think NY is ripe for conversion

people are TIRED of taxes

particularly property taxes

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Understand that. After living there for over 70 years my brother-in-law and his wife recently moved to Florida and taxes were a primary reason.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

I am sorry but you either support the entire constitution or not. You can’t pick and choose the amendments that are acceptable and Giuliani has indicated that he does not support the second amendment. I hope he never runs for nor wins a federal level election. A cabinet member of Palin’s administration maybe ok.

farright on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

What he did to or what he did for? There is a difference.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

He does have a background in fighting Organized Crime families.

thomasaur on December 21, 2009 at 8:46 PM

Yea…and gun manufacturers…

jerrytbg on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Is the bench that shallow in NY where there isn’t someone else out there that can give this a serious run? Do not underestimate how pissed off the electorate will be next year. It think this election is going to mow down a lot more Dems than some of the experts think.

karenhasfreedom on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

1. WTF would we concede social issues to NY?

Chris_Balsz on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Because… social issues won’t matter when the entire country goes bankrupt? Just a thought.

Allah, Gillibrand’s seat is a Class I seat. Are they going to vote for a Senator who will only serve until 2012? Schumer is a Class III Senator and he’s up for re-election.

marinetbryant on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

A good question but a bit off. The difference isn’t in the term, the difference is in the vulnerability and the relative popularity. Chuck U. (the biggest camera whore in human history) is inexplicably popular in New York, even Upstate which is a real headscratcher. With Gillibrand, she’s not anywhere near as popular AND she wasn’t popularly elected to the Senate in the first place. She’s more ripe for the picking. With both seats up for election in November, any Republican who wants a prayer of winning will challenge Gillibrand. The special election practically ensures that Schumer will run unopposed next year, which sucks, but he was probably going to win anyway no matter how much we despise him.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:51 PM

i just look at what he did to NYC, you know?

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:49 PM

What he did to or what he did for? There is a difference.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

oops.

boomer on December 21, 2009 at 8:51 PM

All that, up in smoke.

When those health care taxes hit, don’t be so sure that New Yorkers will be flocking to the Democratic flag.

GarandFan on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 PM

farright on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

so.

if not having rudy means having a dhimmicrat…

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Is the bench that shallow in NY where there isn’t someone else out there that can give this a serious run? Do not underestimate how pissed off the electorate will be next year. It think this election is going to mow down a lot more Dems than some of the experts think.

karenhasfreedom on December 21, 2009 at 8:50 PM

It’s not hopeless, but it’s pretty close. Rudy was at the very least the only Republican in New York that could win either the Governor’s Mansion OR Gillibrand’s Senate seat just by wanting them. The only other Republican that really stands a prayer of beating Gillibrand is George Pataki and that’s not even a slam dunk – he’s also not nearly the fiscal conservative Giuliani is.

With Giuliani out, Pataki is really the only one left. I mean, come on. The best the GOP has running for Governor right now is Rick Lazio, and he’s managing to be losing to David Paterson. That’s pretty telling. The other potentials (Chris Collins, Erie County (Buffalo) Executive, being the most prominent) are really not that exciting or well known.

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:54 PM

It’s just not a great time to be in the eye of the storm for any politician.

AnninCA on December 21, 2009 at 8:55 PM

It’s too early to have a polling opinion of Lazio’s chances; no one is really paying attention yet. But it’s pretty clear that if Cuomo runs, be wins.

If and Republican has a chance in NY, it’s via the suburbs, and Upstate.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM

I think he’d be a better governor than senator.

ThackerAgency on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

If and Republican has a chance in NY, it’s via the suburbs, and Upstate.

ParisParamus on December 21, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Yes, that might get them on the ballot but it won’t get them elected.

rplat on December 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Rudy isn’t a RINO at all, he is tough and a fighter unlike those loser RINOs. He also is a fiscal conservative and law enforcement conservative.

lavell12 on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 PM

Maybe he is planning the R.I.C.O. case against Al Gore and the AGW HOAX…?

Now THAT would be kewl!

Seven Percent Solution on December 21, 2009 at 9:02 PM

so.

if not having rudy means having a dhimmicrat…

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 8:52 PM

I understand what you are saying and I realy like Rudy, he stood strong when the towers fell. I can not support a candidate that does not fully support the constitution. I live in OK so can’t vote there and would not contribute to his campaign. I would sure rather Rudy win a senate seat than a demonrat, who knows maybe he would change his stance on the 2nd Amendment. Aint holding my breath.

farright on December 21, 2009 at 9:08 PM

What about Pataki? I thought he was considering a run?

Firefly_76 on December 21, 2009 at 9:10 PM

Red Cloud on December 21, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Well, Lazios senate run was 9 years ago so he`s pretty much been out of sight. And he has time to make up some ground against Paterson. I`m going to wait and see.

ThePrez on December 21, 2009 at 9:11 PM

Rudy isn’t a RINO at all, he is tough and a fighter unlike those loser RINOs. He also is a fiscal conservative and law enforcement police state conservative.

lavell12 on December 21, 2009 at 9:01 PM

fify ;)… Seriously…He’s a wet finger in the air kind of guy…

jerrytbg on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM

1. WTF would we concede social issues to NY?

Chris_Balsz on December 21, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Because… social issues won’t matter when the entire country goes bankrupt? Just a thought.

Oh, because WHEN it goes bankrupt, it all goes ‘poof’ and vanishes?

Chris_Balsz on December 21, 2009 at 9:13 PM

This is good news. We need to get all these RINOs out!

nazo311 on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 PM

Won’t run for Senate from New York huh?
Well, what good is he then?

Amendment X on December 21, 2009 at 9:25 PM

Won’t run for Senate from New York huh?
Well, what good is he then?

Amendment X on December 21, 2009 at 9:25 PM

+1000

thomasaur on December 21, 2009 at 9:29 PM

This is good news. We need to get all these RINOs out!

nazo311 on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 PM

hahahahah

blatantblue on December 21, 2009 at 9:30 PM

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