Payback: Giuliani to endorse Rubio on Monday

posted at 5:15 pm on April 2, 2010 by Allahpundit

The Shark Tank was hinting yesterday about a major endorsement to come next week, although I wasn’t sure if that was an April Fools joke or not. And if it wasn’t, I figured the obvious suspects were Palin or, more importantly, Jeb Bush.

Surprise.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will campaign with Senate candidate Marco Rubio.

The two will appear together Monday in Miami, where Giuliani is expected to endorse Rubio in the Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist.

In a statement released by the Rubio campaign, Giuliani said, “Marco Rubio is one of the Republican Party’s true rising stars. He’s a bold leader who will bring common sense to Washington where it’s badly needed.”

Why is one of the party’s most famous RINOs siding against the moderate in the race? Let’s join Mark Halperin and John Heilemann on the campaign trail in 2007…

In July, ’07, Crist visited with Giuliani in the Hamptons: “I’d like to support you,” Crist said.

The next day, Giuliani shared the news with his aide Tony Carbonetti. “I think we got him; it went very well,” Giuliani said.

Carbonetti was familiar enough with Giuliani’s lexicon to know what that meant: Rudy thought it was a done deal. Seeing Giuliani’s strong poll numbers in Florida, Crist had apparently concluded that Rudy was the horse to ride. Carbonetti, a no-nonsense fixer who’d been Rudy’s chief of staff at City Hall, followed up with Crist’s main political guy, George LeMieux, flying to Tallahassee to meet with him and plan the endorsement.

You know what happened after that. A question for Floridians (or those familiar with Florida politics): Laying aside the obvious enjoyment of watching this revenge gambit play out, will this actually help Rubio? My hunch is it will a little, not only because of the number of New York retirees down there but because it helps take the edge off the criticism that Rubio’s some kind of “radical right-winger” or whatever. Although, granted, you’re more likely to hear that charge in the general election campaign, not the primary.

Exit question: When does Rubio roll out the inevitable Palin endorsement? Or, with Florida being a swing state, is that one he’d maybe rather not have?


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This is a big deal, actually.

It helps prevent a “sane moderates VS far-right” narrative when Rubio inevitably wins the primary. If Rubio wins the center by a large enough margin, he’ll probably be the leading contender for the Vice-Presidential nomination.

Hell, considering what we now know about him, I’m disappointed that he wasn’t on McCain’s shortlist. The Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives was a significant enough post, especially when you consider all the other things which are so appealing about Rubio.

Mister Mets on April 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Endorsements are irrelevant at this point. Seen Rubio’s numbers?

The numbers are coming back a bit, now that people are getting to know what a weasel Rubio is. He has lost 20 points in a month.

Squid Shark on April 2, 2010 at 10:17 PM

he’ll probably be the leading contender for the Vice-Presidential nomination.

So we will run against vacuous chameleon, dirty dealing politicians by running one of our own? Sounds like a plan, the national press will have a field day with Rubio, unlike Palin, there is actually plenty of dirt there.

Squid Shark on April 2, 2010 at 10:19 PM

The Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives was a significant enough post, especially when you consider all the other things which are so appealing about Rubio.

Mister Mets on April 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM

You are right, Speaker is a very important job in Florida, which is why it is amazing he is so far ahead considering the dogs breakfast he made of it in his 2 years.

Squid Shark on April 2, 2010 at 10:20 PM

I used to live in NY and I can tell you he is corrupt as they come.

You got something on Rudy? You got nothing. The word “corrupt” is what they used against Rudy when 1) they got nothing, or 2) they supported Larouche.

Emperor Norton on April 2, 2010 at 10:43 PM

You got something on Rudy? You got nothing. The word “corrupt” is what they used against Rudy when 1) they got nothing, or 2) they supported Larouche.

Emperor Norton on April 2, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Where do you live, under a rock? Do a little research, Rudy is C-O-R-R-U-P-T. I got plenty on Rudy. You wanna compare notes…bring it on.

njpat on April 2, 2010 at 10:51 PM

http://www.judicialwatch.org/judicial-watch-announces-list-washington-s-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-2007 Rudy topped Obama on the 2007 most corrupt list on Judicial Watch.

njpat on April 2, 2010 at 11:01 PM

Rudy is C-O-R-R-U-P-T.

You got nothing. Judicial Watch is run by Larry Klayman, the guy who brought down the Clintons, right?

Emperor Norton on April 2, 2010 at 11:08 PM

You got nothing. Judicial Watch is run by Larry Klayman, the guy who brought down the Clintons, right?

Emperor Norton on April 2, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Your point is?

njpat on April 2, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Emperor Norton on April 2, 2010 at 11:08 PM

Are you trying to remind me Rudy was formerly a Democrat? No need…I know that already.

njpat on April 2, 2010 at 11:21 PM

Yeah, I’m seeing a whole lot of nothing and a whole lot of chip on shoulder.

Red Cloud on April 3, 2010 at 12:07 AM

Rudy: “I had made it clear that if I had not decided to run, the one person I would clearly support would be John McCain” http://michellemalkin.com/2008/01/30/the-mcrudy-alliance/
Enough said.

njpat on April 3, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Allah, no matter how much you say it, Giuliani is not a RINO. Do you even know what a RINO is? When it comes down to the tough decisions on most issues, Conservatives can have a trust for Rudy.

Daemonocracy on April 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Daemonocracy on April 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Rudy is a former Democrat. That doesn’t equal conservative.

njpat on April 3, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Gotta remember, at one point Rudy was polling in Fl to come up with his Fl gameplan for the primaries. By that time he was toast, but he does have support there and can help Rubio. As for Palin, I bet she sits it out til primaries are done ( unless Crist drops out) due to Rga history with Crist. Won\’t endorse Charlie, but won\’t spit on his political grave either. I can also see her waiting for NV primary to settle out, then barnstorming for Rs to raise support and $$$ to defeat Ds. We\’ll see.

cs89 on April 3, 2010 at 1:41 AM

I can definitely see Rudy being in Palin’s camp. Rudy’s her type of guy-non-elitist, outspoken and he tells it like it is. He would be a valuable ally for her to have.

I don’t see him running for POTUS again. The country has gone right. His centrist politics just don’t fit in now with the political landscape. But he knows a lot of people and understands the game of politics really well.

technopeasant on April 3, 2010 at 2:12 AM

Speaking for the Tea Party, Marco Rubio does not need SP’s blessing in order to gain cred. It is already maxed.

exdeadhead on April 3, 2010 at 7:09 AM

The numbers are coming back a bit, now that people are getting to know what a weasel Rubio is. He has lost 20 points in a month.

Sources? Or should we just trust a Crist fanboy’s word for it?

crushliberalism on April 3, 2010 at 7:22 AM

Allah, FL may be a swing state, but it’s a red state. Well, “pinkish”, anyway.

The GOP controls the governor’s office, as well as the state House and Senate. Most cabinet positions are held by Republicans. Whether Crist or Rubio wins the primary, that person will win the Senate race in November.

There have been only two occasions since Carter won in 1976 that Dems have won FL in a presidential race: 1996 and 2008. Both of those years saw old, boring candidates (Dole and McCain) backed by the party machinery, and the base stayed home.

Yes, 2000 was close, but that was due to a few atypical factors: enthusiasm among Jews for Lieberman, depressed turnout in the Panhandle with the premature calling of the race for Gore, Bush not campaigning much because he thought his brother could deliver FL to him, etc.

In other words, we’re still a reddish state here. Rudy’s endorsement, in my view, neither helps nor hurts. I think the same is true with Palin’s endorsement, should one be forthcoming.

crushliberalism on April 3, 2010 at 7:28 AM

Sources? Or should we just trust a Crist fanboy’s word for it?

crushliberalism on April 3, 2010 at 7:22 AM

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/fl/florida_senate_republican_primary-1064.html

Google is your friend, Rube.

Squid Shark on April 3, 2010 at 8:24 AM

Haha. Burn Charlie Burn!

WichoFawkes on April 3, 2010 at 11:25 AM

crushliberalism on April 3, 2010 at 7:28 AM

I think that Republican dominance in Florida is more due to a woeful lack of a actual Democratic Party in Florida more than a statement of ideological conviction on the part of Floridians.

Squid Shark on April 3, 2010 at 11:31 AM

I just woke up to see this on Hot Air.

I love the smell of revenge in the morning.

Conservative Samizdat on April 3, 2010 at 12:07 PM

I can say that most people I know in Florida that aren\’t in college are quite conservative.

Also, we would be much happier with Rubio than Crist.

Scott H on April 3, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Angry Dumbo on April 2, 2010 at 5:35 PM

Clash fan too? Excellent!

margategop517 on April 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM

http://www.judicialwatch.org/judicial-watch-announces-list-washington-s-ten-most-wanted-corrupt-politicians-2007 Rudy topped Obama on the 2007 most corrupt list on Judicial Watch.

njpat on April 2, 2010 at 11:01 PM

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I’m troubled by the reports about those security detail expenses, but do you have anything else NJPAT?

Mike OMalley on April 5, 2010 at 6:56 AM

Moreover NJPAT, I think we can agree that there was a concerted effort to sanitize the public record regarding Sen. Obama in 2007 and 2008. Why do you think the rankings in Judicial Watch’s 2007 corruption list is accurate?

Mike OMalley on April 5, 2010 at 7:04 AM

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