Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year, after months of contemplating a candidacy.
Giuliani would have been the strongest potential candidate, and would have a real shot of winning, so this news comes as a blow to the republican party, and a breathe of relief for the democrats of New York City.
The reasons are not clear as to Giuliani opted out of next year’s gubernatorial race, but some think that he may not have wanted to face Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who is doing surprisingly well in the polls. Although they are not worried that Giuliani would lose against Cuomo, but he would have to fight quite hard to get to that win, and after bruising his ego during the 2008 primaries, Giuliani may be unwilling to go through that all over again.
Another reason he could be unwilling to run is because his business, that normally does very well, Giuliani Partners, suffers when he runs for office. He also has a career as a motivational speaker, which makes him tons of money, which is cannot devote enough time to when he is in office.
According to the New York Times, Giuliani’s relationship with the state’s new republican party chairman, Edward F. Cox, is quite strained, and running for office would have complicated the potential campaign. Publicly, Cox has urged Giuliani to run for senate instead of governor.
It is unclear who the other republican contenders for the gubernatorial race, but so far Rick Lazio is the only declared candidate for the Republican side.