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Rudy Giuliani again?

He has positioned himself in a critical year as a potent Republican fundraiser. | AP Photo

[ Rudy Gulianai…….That ‘s Marco Rubio off to his right….]

The Dog can scratch his head on this one……

Politico has this piece on the ex- New York City Mayor possibly positioning himself  for another run at President?

He’s collecting chits for his fundraising efforts for a whole lot of GOP people out there….

This guy has backed out of the last three attempts to run for anything…

Don’t do it Rudy….

Take the money…Stay private….

Well……..Maybe you can get a Cabinet spot….Attorney General in GOP administration….

( Psssst!….Obama isn’t gonna lose………)

He was on political life support after his disastrous 2008 presidential run, but Rudy Giuliani has positioned himself in a critical year as a potent Republican fundraiser and the party’s star surrogate for hammering the White House on terror.

After deciding against a run for governor after a prolonged flirtation with a bid, the former New York City mayor has upped his political and paid-speaking travel schedule. In June, he’ll make his first public visit to New Hampshire since the single-digit, fourth-place finish there in the January 2008 Republican presidential primary that triggered his fast fall from front-runner to also-ran.

His high-profile reemergence, coinciding with the return of terror to the national headlines and numerous Sunday shows appearances bashing the president on the issue, leaves little doubt that he wants to be in the national mix. What’s less clear is what Giuliani is looking for in his next act.

“He wants to be part of the game in 2012,” said Fred Siegel, a former adviser to the mayor and author of “The Prince of the City,” a history of his time in office, who still talks to him periodically.

Giuliani, Siegel said, is trying to keep his options open for the future by being part of “the game,” but isn’t necessarily angling to run for office again.

“As a presidential candidate? Not necessarily,” Siegel said, suggesting that Giuliani could instead try to make himself a cabinet appointee or try for something else with national influence. The last New York mayor elected to any higher office, he noted, was John T. Hoffman – in 1869.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0510/37324.html#ixzz0o9tpiME7

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Updates | , | 14 Comments

Rudy Giuluani goes after Rand Paul……..

The former NYC Mayor and twice Did Not Finish national candidate has acussed Rand Paul of being part of the ….blame America first crowd.”……

The former New York mayor on Monday endorsed Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in the GOP Senate primary, and he proceeded to go after Paul, Grayson’s primary opponent, in some pretty stark terms. He didn’t mention Paul by name, but the target is clear.

Following a line of attack Grayson has used against Paul, Giuliani said Grayson “is not part of the ‘blame America first’ crowd that wants to bestow the rights of U.S. citizens on terrorists and point fingers at America for somehow causing 9/11.”

“Kentucky needs a senator who understands the threat posed by our enemies abroad,” Giuliani said. “I witnessed firsthand the destruction and loss of life our enemies can cause. Like me, Trey Grayson knows we must stay on offense against terrorism, and he supports using all the essential tools we have in that fight, including monitoring the conversations and activities of suspected foreign terrorists as allowed by the Patriot Act.”

Grayson has rolled out late endorsements from former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and now, Giuliani. Paul, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) and a favorite of the Tea Party crowd, last week nabbed the backing of retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).


April 19, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

Rudy is just no good….I have told everyone….over and over…..no terror attacks while Bush was president????

Is the former Mayor on drugs????

Why would anyone…. in their right mind…. want this guy to run for anything?????

No terror attack while George W. Bush was President???? and he was Mayor???

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Fiction, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, September 11 | | 2 Comments

Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will NOT run against Kirsten Gillibrand for her senate seat…….

I have said repeatedly here and at Politics1…that Rudy would not run….That he couldn’t take the pay cut….That he didn’t want Bernie Kerik dragged up……that above all he would not fit in the Senate’s old boy seniority style operation…..


While he polls well ahead of Gillibrand ….it was never an option for him……..

Good…the GOP could do better……

This makes it three races in a row he quit ……..

I think his political career  is over……

Update:…….here’s another link …….

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates | , | Leave a comment

Rudy Giulani signs on as a security consultant for the Rio 2016 Olympic games…..

Now does a man running for the U.S. Senate, next year, do that ????……..


I told you so…..I  REALLY don’t think he’s running…how’s he gonna take the pay cut?

December 4, 2009 Posted by | Breaking News, Media, Men, Politics, Sports | , , | 5 Comments

Has Rudy Giulianai pulled another fast one?

The New York Observer, observes that,  nobody has heard a thing from Rudy Giulianai since the New York Dailky News spread a rumour that he would run for the Senate…..I did point out that on the day after the story first ran, that the Daily News pulled back to a ‘if’ status on the story…….as the Obaserver points out, we’ve been down this road of  indecession…many times…..

We’ll just have to wait and see, huh?

Is this the type of person you would want for your senator?


November 25, 2009 Posted by | Media, Men, Politics | , , | Leave a comment

For those who want Rudy for the Senate…..read this…..

Leonard Levitt writes his own column for his blog (which looks inside the New York City Police Department)  every week…..he’s a former crime reporter for New York’s Newsday newspaper…..in this weeks piece he reimds us of all the things we may have forgotten (I haven’t ) about the former Mayor of the City of New York……

November 23, 2009

So Rudy Giuliani is apparently not running for governor and is dithering about whether to try for the Senate.

We’ve lived through this melodrama before.

A decade ago, after months of indecision following his battle with prostate cancer and his split from wife Donna Hanover, he backed out of a Senate race against Hillary Clinton.

His excuse then was that he was a man of deeds more than words, and that his heart belonged to New York City, and not the U.S. Senate. Translation: As mayor, he loved giving orders.

Does that mean he’s not going to run this time against Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand? Even with a reported 15-point lead in the polls? Well, just remember his 2007 presidential flame-out after he began as the Republican front-runner.

As a candidate now, Giuliani’s problems go beyond appointing a crook as the 40th police commissioner of New York City. More important, in Your Humble Servant’s opinion, are his children, who refused to campaign for him in the past.

Is daughter Caroline, whose graduation from Harvard Rudy reportedly boycotted, still not speaking to him? And God knows what’s up with Andrew who, when last heard from, was suing Duke University for tossing him off its golf team.

Giuliani may indeed be a disaster as a father and a husband, but this doesn’t mean he wouldn’t make an excellent Senator, or governor for that matter.

Forget the nonsense from his chum, former Staten Island Congressman and borough president Guy Molinari, that Giuliani declined to run because he feared he wouldn’t be effective in Albany. What he really feared was running against Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic attorney general who is killing Giuliani in the polls.

Indeed, if anyone in New York State can solve the problems of dysfunctional Albany, it is Rudy Giuliani. Put another way, if Giuliani can’t, no one can.

Rather, Giuliani’s problem as a politician is that, while he can solve monumental problems like governing New York City, he creates equally monumental problems because of his personality and character.

For examples, turn to his two terms as mayor, including his six-years as de facto NYPD commissioner.

With Bill Bratton as police commissioner from 1994-96, Giuliani did nothing less than revolutionize the culture of the NYPD. He and Bratton stopped a lot of blood-letting in the streets and shook up a once-proud department whose overwhelmed leadership had literally given up on taming crime. Bratton spawned new systems and new leaders, beginning 15 years of dramatic, then steady, crime declines under the city’s three successive police commissioners.

After the 9/ll attacks, Giuliani inspired the city. Picture Michael Bloomberg in that role and you’ll see why Giuliani will long be remembered when Bloomberg is long forgotten.

What has damaged Giuliani are his own demons. He fired Bratton after only two years with no credible explanation, citing trips Bratton had taken on private jets paid for by wealthy Wall Street friends. This reporter, who followed each twist of their tortured relationship, concluded that Rudy fired Bratton solely because Bratton was receiving too much publicity — at Rudy’s expense.

Those same demons reappeared in 2001 at the end of his second term. Then, he sought to amend the city charter, to extend his term for three months. He told voters — and maybe even believed it — that New York could not survive 9/ll without him.

To his credit, he backed down when mayoral opponent Fernando Ferrer called him on it. Former mayor Ed Koch put it best: If Rudy cared so much about the city, he should remain for three months — under the new mayor. (Too bad Koch didn’t make the same proposal to Bloomberg eight years later when he subverted democracy to gain a third term by buying off the City Council a la Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.)

Then, after firing Bratton, what did Giuliani do? He appointed crony Howard Safir. Crime continued to fall but the pressure to keep it down led to one of most outrageous acts in department history: the 41-shot barrage of police bullets that killed an unarmed African immigrant, Amadou Diallo.

To avoid testifying on the shooting before the City Council, Safir pleaded a “scheduling conflict.” Turns out, the conflict was his secret trip to Hollywood.

The night before the council hearing, he was spotted on national television at the Oscars, standing next to actress Helen Hunt.

Even worse, he had allowed the Revlon Corporation to fly him out to the coast on its private jet, and pay for his stay at a four-star Beverly Hills hotel.

Rudy never criticized Safir for the freebee trip as he had Bratton.

But, because this column, which at that time appeared in Newsday, carried updates on the Conflict of Interest Board’s four-corner stall in investigating Safir, he was forced to reimburse Revlon $7,100 for his Oscar excursion.

Then there’s Bernie Kerik, Giuliani’s former bodyguard and driver, who is headed for the slammer. Giuliani appointed him police commissioner despite the warnings of his staff and signals from the Department of Investigation of troubles in Kerik’s past.

Meanwhile, on the home front, Giuliani was cheating on Donna, who believed he was having an affair with his press secretary, Cristyne Lategano. (She denied it, saying that had she been a man, all the time she spent with Giuliani would not have caught anyone’s attention.)

Rudy then jilted her, divorced Donna, and took up with a new girlfriend, Judy Nathan, now his wife.

Sources say she is urging him not to run because during his presidential bid, the media beat her up pretty badly.

But when Giuliani makes decisions, he listens to only one person, often to his own detriment —

November 23, 2009 Posted by | Blogs, Government, Media, Men, Politics | , , , | Leave a comment

For you Republican Rudy Giuliani fans… remember this?

Rudy Giuliani was pro-choice, and wasn’t against gay marriage ( and he dressed in drag more than once)…..

Just a reminder…..

Be careful what you wish for……..

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Entertainment, Media, Men, Politics | , | 4 Comments