Nineteen months after ending his disastrous run for the presidency, Rudolph W. Giuliani is clearing a path for a possible race for governor in 2010, believing public anger at an ineffectual Albany and unease over the economy could create ideal conditions for a Republican to reclaim the governorâ€™s mansion.
Mr. Giuliani has told associates that he will decide on a candidacy within 30 to 60 days, as he weighs whether he can be elected statewide and what impact another campaign would have on his business interests.
He is already laying the groundwork. On Friday he traveled to Long Island to encourage the state Republican Party chairman, Joseph N. Mondello, to step aside, a maneuver that party insiders viewed as the former mayorâ€™s most concrete step yet toward a run.
On Monday, Mr. Mondello announced his resignation, and Mr. Giulianiâ€™s lieutenants were working the phones to drum up support for the replacement they prefer, the Niagara County Republican chairman, Henry F. Wojtaszek, a longtime supporter of Mr. Giulianiâ€™s.
Mr. Giulianiâ€™s efforts to sound out party leaders about a candidacy have also intensified. He has crisscrossed the state meeting with local officials; after a motivational speech to a paying audience in Buffalo last Tuesday, he met with local Republican leaders in a private meeting room to talk about the race. In recent weeks, he has also discussed his possible candidacy with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and met in Washington with Representative Peter T. King, a Republican who has considered running himself but said he would not if Mr. Giuliani became a candidate.
I think Rudy is good to go weather incumbent New York Governor David Paterson runs or withdraws. Probably only Obama could persuade the poll challenged Paterson NOT to run.
Rudy will win going away with the current economic condition in New York and will have to be considered again for a national ticket position either as President, Vice President or as Attorney General.
What Flap wants to see is how quickly will GOP celebrities flock to do fundraising for the former New York City Mayor?
Here are the polls:
And, the one in a hypothetical Andrew Cuomo race:
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