• Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: Rudy Giuliani Gearing Up for New York Governor’s Race?

    Maria Comella, Deputy Communications Director of Rudy Giuliani for President on the right and Rudy Giuliani in Santa Barbara, California September 27, 2007. Photo By Flap

    Indeed he is.

    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 governor’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 mayor’s most concrete step yet toward a run.

    On Monday, Mr. Mondello announced his resignation, and Mr. Giuliani’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. Giuliani’s.

    Mr. Giuliani’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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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Polling,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: 2010 New York Governor’s Race Has Rudy Giuliani Far Ahead of Governor David Paterson

    New York Governor's Poll

    In the latest Rasmussen poll, Republican and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is far ahead of incumbent New York Governor David Paterson. Rudy is behind if he runs against Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo but by only 7 points.

    It’s a knockout for Rudy Giuliani if he’s the Republican candidate for governor in New York next year running against incumbent Democrat David Paterson. But if Andrew Cuomo is Giuliani’s opponent, chalk up a win for the Democrat. At least that’s the way it looks in the summer of 2009.

    A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state shows Giuliani beating Paterson by 22 points, 55% to 33%. Eight percent (8%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent are undecided.

    However, Cuomo tops Giuliani by seven points – 48% to 41% – in a match-up between the two, with six percent (6%) favoring some other candidate and six percent (6%) not sure who they’ll vote for.

    At this point, it appears Giuliani is likely to face the tougher of the two Democrats since a survey of Democratic Primary voters shows Cuomo ahead of Paterson 61% to 27%.

    But, will Andrew Cuomo be able to push out David Paterson?

    And, with Obama’s and generic Democrat Party poll numbers in the tank, will Cuomo decide to run in a tough race against Republican Rudy?

    Stay tuned……

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  Democrats,  Hillary Clinton

    Democrat Party and Hillary Clinton Major Donor Norman Hsu Convicted of Violating Campaign Finance Laws

    In this undated photo released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York, former top Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu, left, poses with New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rua Kelly told the jury in Manhattan on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 that it will see photographs of the Hong Kong-born Hsu with famous politicians and will hear his former investors describe being pressured by Hsu to make political donations in their names that they would be reimbursed for

    Norman Hsu, mega-Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton fundraiser has been convicted of violating federal campaign finance laws.

    Disgraced Democratic donor Norman Hsu was convicted this morning of illegally funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars to top-tier political candidates including then-Sen. Hillary Clinton and now-President Obama.

    A Manhattan federal court jury pronounced Hsu guilty on all four counts against him after less than three hours of deliberations over two days.

    Hsu, 58, did not react to the verdict.

    “I think he expected it because it was quick,” defense lawyer Alan Seidler said.

    Seidler said the conviction was unlikely to add to the 30-year prison term Hsu faces after pleading guilty two weeks ago to running a massive $20 million Ponzi scheme.

    Talk about a “CULTURE OF CORRUPTION.”

    But, the Democratic POLS return the money and move on……..


    Former Democratic Party Fundraiser Norman Hsu Pleads Guilty in Federal Fraud Case

    Hillary Clinton Fundraiser Norman Hsu Sentenced to Three Years in Prison

    Norman Hsu Watch: INDICTED on 15 Counts

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Norman Hsu Case Postponed Amid Rumors of a Plea Deal

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Unlikely Chinatown Campaign Contributions Raise More Questions

    Bill and Hillary Clinton: Double Trouble

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Norman Hsu Wants Plea Deal Withdrawn

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Hsu Contributions Help Hillary Supporters

    Michael Ramirez on Hillary Clinton and Norman Hsu

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Will Return $850,000 in Norman Hsu Contributions? Maybe

    Hillary Clinton Watch: Will Return $850,000 in Hsu Contributions?

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  George Pataki,  Rudy Giuliani

    Andrew Cuomo Leads Latest Poll for New York Governor 2010 Race

    The latest Rasmussen poll does not look good for Republicans Rudy Giuliani or George Pataki if New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo runs from the Democrat side.

    But, if incumbent New York Governor David Paterson runs it is a diffferent story.


    But, at this stage of the race who is to say who will run for what, especially with a United States Senate seat thrown into the mix.

    It is far from clear that either Giuliani or Pataki will seek the office. Sen. John Cornyn, head of the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, reportedly approached Pataki about a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Kirsten Gillibrand.

    Stay tuned…..

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Polling,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: Rudy Giuliani Gains in New York Governor Race

    New York Gov. Paterson Gets Low Scores From All Races, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Giuliani Narrows Gap With Cuomo In Governor’s Race

    With polling results from the latest Qunnipiac University New York Governor’s race is there ANY doubt that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will run next year?

    In an early look at the 2010 Governor’s race, former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani leads Paterson 54 – 32 percent. Giuliani leads 86 – 6 percent among Republicans and 60 – 21 percent among independent voters, while Democrats back Paterson 56 – 30 percent. Giuliani leads 62 – 25 percent among white voters and 51 – 42 percent among Hispanics, while black voters back Paterson 64 – 18 percent.

    Cuomo leads Giuliani 47 – 41 percent in a head-to-head matchup, down from a 53 – 36 percent lead April 6. Independent voters have shifted from 49 – 38 percent for Cuomo April 8 to 44 – 40 percent for Giuliani today. In this latest survey, Giuliani leads 80 – 9 percent among Republicans while Democrats back Cuomo 78 – 16 percent. Cuomo leads 76 – 13 percent among black voters and 52 – 40 percent among Hispanics, as white voters go to Giuliani 47 – 42 percent.

    “If the Republicans nominate Mayor Giuliani, he beats Paterson by a lot. Cuomo beats Giuliani but that lead is shrinking as independent voters shift to the Republican. That’s a trend to watch,” Carroll said.

    There is already a Draft Rudy website, a Facebook group and a Twitter account set up for a Rudy run for Governor. With Flap’s experience in the Giuliani for President campaign this is not established with at least some input from the Rudy folks.

    The only question now is whether with deteriorating poll numbers will New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo take a chance running for Governor or let the New York Democrats twist in the wind with David Paterson?

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    New York Governor David Paterson Clowns Wheelchair Bound Blind Guy – Giuliani Prepares to Run

    Good grief. And, this parody from the New York Governor who was so upset with Saturday Night Live’s parody of him.

    “The Governor engages in humor all the time, and he can certainly take a joke. However, this particular Saturday Night Live skit unfortunately chose to ridicule people with physical disabilities and imply that disabled people are incapable of having jobs with serious responsibilities. The Governor is sure that Saturday Night Live, with all of its talent, can find a way to be funny without being offensive. Knowing the Governor, he might even have some suggestions himself.”

    Here is the original ad to which David Paterson is responding so you can see the context.

    Why Are You Doing This? from Elizabeth Benjamin on Vimeo.

    Is there ANY doubt that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will rin against this MORON? Now, will Attorney General Andrew Cuomo change his mind?

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: New York Voters Disapprove of Governor David Paterson 60 – 28 Per Cent

    Daivd Patrerson March 27 2009

    New York Gov. David Paterson, center, Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, D-Queens, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, right, listen to a reporter’s question during a news conference at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., Friday, March 27, 2009. Paterson and legislative leaders have agreed to ease drug laws that were once among the harshest in the nation and led a movement more than 30 years ago toward mandatory prison terms

    Hello, New York Governor Rudy Giuliani.

    New York State voters disapprove 60 – 28 percent of the job Gov. David Paterson is doing, the lowest approval ever for a New York Governor, and say 63 – 22 percent that he does not deserve to be elected to a full four-year term, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

    Gov. Paterson’s approval is so low that he should announce now that he won’t run for election to a four-year term next year, 53 percent of voters tell the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll, while 39 percent say he can restore his reputation and should run next year. Even Democrats say 49 – 45 percent that he should drop out of the race now.

    New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, with a near-record high 75 – 14 percent approval rating, tops Paterson in a Democratic primary 61 – 18 percent.

    In a general election, Republican Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, tops Paterson 53 – 32 percent.

    Cuomo tops Giuliani 53 – 36 percent in a head-to-head matchup.

    But, will Andrew Cuomo be persuaded to run?

    Anyone want to be with these continuing poor poll numbers that President Obama appoints Paterson to some meaningless administration job thus clearing the path for Cuomo?

    Or some other more popular Democrat?

    And, will that in turn force Rudy from the race?

    Stay tuned…..

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  • Andrew Cuomo,  David Paterson,  Rudy Giuliani

    Poll Watch: Rudy Giuliani Beating New York Governor David Paterson 53 – 38%

    Rudy Giuliani March 3 2009

    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaiging for Republican James Tedisco in the New York Conressional District 20 in Duchess County, New York, March 2, 2009

    The latest Marist poll shows Rudy Giuliani surging into a lead against New York Governor David Paterson.


    Paterson now trails Democrat Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the Democrat nomination 62-26% – meaning that David Paterson would not be the Democrat nominee if the election were held today.


    Andrew Cuomo is beating Rudy Giuliani 56-39%.

    Should Rudy run for New York Governor, he will be in a tough race.

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