It begins: Giuliani considering run for governor, say sources

As expected. Relative to America’s most famous john, a guy who dumped his wife at a press conference doesn’t seem like a bad deal.

In the latest twist in New York politics, Rudy Giuliani is eyeing a run for governor in a special election this fall should Gov. Paterson be forced to resign, sources say.

A top adviser to the former mayor, who pulled the plug on his presidential bid in January, yesterday dangled the possibility of Giuliani’s running in a special election.

It would happen in a year in which presidential nominee John McCain would be at the top of the GOP ticket.

Does it matter that McCain’s on the ticket or just that it’s a presidential election year so Republican turnout for the state races will be higher? Rudy surely doesn’t need Maverick’s coattails to draw the centrists. Friendly advice, though, in case he does run: You’ll have to campaign in more than one county to win. Exit question: Is the best challenger to a philanderer with mistress-related money problems really a … philanderer with mistress-related money problems?