Ending months of speculation, Rudy Giuliani will announce tomorrow that he will not run for US Senate. The former New York City mayor plans to remain a presence on the national GOP scene, seizing "an opportunity to engage in targeted races across the country," says a source. He will throw his support to Long Island congressman Rick Lazio, best known nationally for losing another Senate race to newcomer Hillary Clinton in 2000.
Paradoxically, Giuliani's decision is a huge boost for Clinton's successor, Kirsten Gillibrand. "Her path is now cleared," a Democratic insider tells the Daily News. The state GOP had been courting Giuliani as a candidate for either governor or senator, but he apparently prefers his work as a security expert and behind-the-scenes operative.