It appears that the political gods are in fact merciful and Rudy Giuliani will in fact not run for office in 2010. On Tuesday, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that he will not run for governor or senator in 2010, putting an end to months of relentless rumors about his political future.
Giuliani had been riding the September 11 gravy train after his term as mayor of New York expired and was doing a good job of it as he continuously reminded us of the fact that he was mayor of New York when it was attacked for the second time under his leadership (definitely something to be proud of). When he ran for president, the gravy train had run out and Rudy ended up spending a whopping $50 million to walk away with just one delegate.
While many expected Rudy to make a run at governor or senator (where the competition is very lacking), he has instead taken a job as a security consultant for the Rio Olympics where he will be tasked with helping the city clean up their streets in time for the Olympic games.
Giuliani endorsed fellow Republican Rick Lazio for governor, a job that New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is the odds on favorite to hold come 2011. With Giuliani officially out of the picture, Lazio is the likely Republican challenger to whoever wins the Democratic primary which will at the very least include incumbent governor David Paterson and Cuomo.
The Senate picture looks even more dreary. With no major candidates from either side, incumbent senator Kirsten Gillibrand is expected to face a wide field of unknowns in the Democratic primary and then the general election if she gets there.
Rumors have continue to fly about New York City Comptroller and mayoral candidate Bill Thompson considering a run for senate (though he will likely end up as Cuomo’s running mate). If Thompson doesn’t run, Gillibrand might actually have a lock on the election with no one of any name value challenging her.