I’ve always been a big fan of Rudy Giuliani’s, but I’m starting to lose patience. While other states already have their Senate and/or Gubernatorial candidates in place (in some states more than one), we keep hearing from Rudy that he’s “thinking aboot it” and that he’ll, at least in theory, make up his mind after this set of elections. He was also the only top New York Republican who wasn’t at this week’s convention that election Ed Cox as our new state party chair.
It could be because Cox want Rudy to run for Senate more than he does Governor. It makes sense. The popular rumour (which granted, changes daily) has Andrew Cuomo not wanting to primary current Governor David Patterson, and is only considering doing so if Rudy gets in. But also, Kristen Gillibrand should be a ripe target to pick off with the right candidate.
So sayeth The Hill…
Newly installed New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox now says he would prefer Giuliani run for Senate rather than governor, and he’s going public with the plea. Giuliani isn’t hearing it, with his advisers saying he is only looking at running for governor. But maybe he should hear Cox out.
Sure, Giuliani has an executive personality, but if he wants a launching pad to the White House, the Senate looks to be a better option. The White House’s recent actions show that Democrats will do what they need to do to get state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo to be their nominee over Gov. David Paterson (D), and that would be a nearly impossible mountain to climb for any Republican.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) meanwhile, trailed Giuliani 51-40 in a recent Marist poll. Giuliani doesn’t want to encourage the Senate talk, because he wants to keep the pressure on Democrats in his preferred race. But if Cuomo becomes the nominee, maybe Giuliani will start looking for other opportunities. And if it’s a good Republican year, a Senate run could do him a lot of good.
He has two openings. One is the current administrations foreign policy, which lately has been a noodle scratcher at best. Rudy runs for Senate because we need more strong national security Republicans to push back on the Obama agenda. The other is that Kristen Gillibrand was only one of seven Senators who voted AGAINST cutting off ACORN funding. Even Chuck Schumer voted for it.
I totally agree with the various “Draft Rudy” pages popping up all over the place. I just want to daft him for the Senate.