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Posted by Andrew Roman on November 20, 2009

Because this story is making the rounds this morning, it is certainly worthy of a mention – particularly because it is big news here in my home state of New York. The word is: former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will say “no” to a chance at the governor’s seat in Albany – the last best hope for a GOP top dog in New York, according to most – and instead make a run for the US Senate next year … maybe.

If true, it makes perfect political sense.

Rudy’s no dope.

The chances of any Empire State Republican – even Rudy – getting anything done as governor, especially with the never-ending soap-opera that is the New York State Senate to contend with, is next to nil. Add to that the Charles Manson-like control Democrat Speaker Sheldon Silver has on the state Assembly and you have a recipe for first-class, political-career-ending ineffectiveness.

Rudy doesn’t need that, especially after his disastrous presidential bid in 2008.

From the New York Daily News:

[A] number of sources close to the former mayor said no decision has been made and a Giuliani spokeswoman downplayed the reports. “Rudy has a history of making up his own mind and has no problem speaking it,” she said. “When Mayor Giuliani makes a decision about serving in public office, he will inform New Yorkers on his own.”

Several weeks ago, after the idea of Giuliani running for the Senate was first floated, one of the former mayor’s closest associates shot it down. “He has said time and again that the Senate is not a job for him,” said Tony Carbonetti. “He is a chief executive, and a damn good one.” If elected to the Senate, one source said, Giuliani could use that as a stepping stone to run for President in 2012 – rather than run for re-election to the Senate. Running for office would mean Giuliani would have to give up his lifestyle: He’s a hot commodity on TV talk shows, he rakes in big bucks for speeches and his law firm is doing well.

As much as it makes political sense for him to go after Hillary’s old Senate seat, the fact is, Rudy is not a back-seat, blend-in-with-the-crowd kind of guy. He is a center-stage, in-the-spotlight, take-charge type who plays second fiddle to no one. It’s difficult to imagine him being one part of a one-hundred person band of speech makers and policy peddlers jockeying for political position on Capitol Hill. He is, as Tony Carbonetti said, an executive. If, however, another jab at the White House is ultimately in his sights, two short years in the Senate may be doable – even if grudgingly.

Personally, I think if Rudy decides to run, he could very well reel in that Senate seat in convincing fashion, especially with the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, set to stand trial in a civilian Manhattan courtroom, courtesy the Democrats.

But he would still have to campaign, and figure out how to do it effectively. Let’s hope that in two years time he’s learned a thing or two.

If he does throw his hat into the ring, he may very well be the favorite, but it isn’t a given.

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