Rudy Giuliani Thinks of Albany

Former NYC Mayor and Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is weighing a 2010 run for Governor in New York State. Via Politico:

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday that he is considering running for governor in 2010.

Appearing on CNN's "American Morning," Giuliani insisted that "I don't know if I am or if I'm not" running for governor. But pushed further, the former Republican presidential candidate conceded that he is indeed "thinking about it."

"I don't know if I'm at the point of seriously considering it," he said. "It's a little too early."

According to a June Quinnipiac University poll, Giuliani holds a 52 percent to 34 percent advantage over the unpopular Democratic Gov. David Paterson in a potential general election matchup.

Giuliani's chances, however, are less promising against a stronger Democratic opponent. In a potential general election matchup against Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the same poll shows Giuliani trailing 51 percent to 39 percent.

I'm probably one of the few who likes David Paterson even if I admit that his tenure as Governor has been less than stellar. Still, it does seem that Andrew Cuomo is the stronger choice. Your thoughts?

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New Yorkers Don't Love Rudy

Rudy Giuliani is being hailed in some camps as the savior of the New York Republican Party. Yet from the looks of it, New Yorkers (and I'm talking the state, not just the city) aren't so bullish on the idea of Giuliani at the helm of state government. Here's the latest Siena poll (.pdf):

Paterson's job performance rating is 55 percent positive, 41 percent negative, virtually unchanged from last  month.  If the election for Governor were tomorrow, 42 percent of voters (a high) said they would vote for Paterson, with 32 percent (also a high) preferring "someone else." In a potential Democratic primary matchup against Cuomo, Paterson wins 53-25 percent.  In general election gubernatorial matchups, Paterson beats Giuliani 49-43 percent (down from 51-40 percent last month), while Giuliani beats Cuomo 46-44 percent (a reversal from July, when Cuomo was ahead 47-42 percent).  

Since July, when Siena began polling on this question, Giuliani has polled at between 38 percent and 43 percent of the vote against David Paterson, who has polled between 47 percent and 51 percent. In other words, the polling has consistently shown Paterson leading Giuliani, with the Democrat at or around 50 percent and the Republican at or around the low-40s. So if New York Republicans, who lost control over the state Senate for the first time since 1965 and who have allowed the Democrats to get their first trifecta in the state since 1935,  are expecting Giuliani to lead them out of the wilderness in two years, they are going to have their work cut out for them.

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Mixed Messages

If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you're disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
--John McCain, Convention speech

On the other hand, you have a resume from a gifted man with an Ivy League education. He worked as a community organizer. What? He worked -- I said -- I said, OK, OK, maybe this is the first problem on the resume. He worked as a community organizer.
--Rudy Giuliani, Convention speech

I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.
--Sarah Palin, Convention speech

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You Want Another Reason?

You want another reason we have to win this thing?  Fifty bucks says that this guy wants to be the Attorney General.  He hasn't gone back to his scummy lobbying and consulting, he's campaigning hard, he obviously wants something.  He's a former US Attorney and he'd be death itself for our civil rights.  It's Rudy!

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Giuliani Lies on Experience

The Associated Press won't say it, but I will: Rudy Giuliani told an out and out lie about Barack Obama tonight.

"He's the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years," he said to the cheering, chanting convention. "Nobama, nobama," came the chants from the floor and the galleries. And "Zero, zero" when Giuliani said Obama has no experience.

Simply untrue and demonstrably false. Let's start with Wendell Willkie, the Republican nominee in 1940. He had no experience in elective office whatsoever. Woodrow Wilson had been Governor of New Jersey for two years when he was elected President in 1912. Both Alf Landon and Adlai Stevenson were Governor for four years when they were nominated by the GOP in 1936 and Democratic Party in 1952, respectively. That's four nominees with as little experience, or less, than Obama in the last century.

If we're talking total time in government or elective office, Obama's experience rivals that of George W. Bush (six years as Governor of Texas prior to his nomination in 2000), as well as Ronald Reagan (eight years as Governor of California before being nominated in 1980), Al Smith (eight years as Governor of New York before his nomination in 1928), Thomas Dewey (four years as New York County D.A. and two years as New York Governor prior to being nominated in 1944), John Davis (one term in the House, five years as Solicitor General, and three years as Ambassador to the U.K. before being nominated in 1924), James Cox (six years as Governor of Ohio, four as a Congressman before being nominated in 1920), and Charles Evans Hughes (less than four years as Governor of New York and less than six as a Supreme Court Justice before being nominated in 1916).

You can debate the half dozen or so names in that second list, but you can't deny the names in the first -- particularly that of Willkie. Now the AP might not want to call the statement a lie, they might want to run the statement without even mention of the fact that it is not true whatsoever, and it may not even mean that much in the long run, but when I see something like that I can't help but speak up.

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