Rudy Giuliani Won't Run for Senate

Ex-NYC mayor effectively ends political career

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 21, 2009 8:23 PM CST

(Newser) – 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.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani address a crowd at the Stand for Freedom in Iran rally against Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad near United Nations headquarters, Sept. 24, 2009.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani address a crowd at the "Stand for Freedom in Iran" rally against Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad near United Nations headquarters, Sept. 24, 2009.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani gestures during his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008.
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani gestures during his speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Sept. 3, 2008.   (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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