Word leaked today that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will announced that he won’t challenge either incumbent Governor David Paterson or Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the 2010 election. The former Mayor’s exit from two races in which he was never a formal candidate is good news for Governor Paterson, who has suffered in several opinion polls.Shocked to say the least. All along I thought the governor's position was Giuliani's for the taking next year. God knows we don't need another Cuomo.
In more good news, Paterson’s job approval ratings have risen to a respectable 40%. (President Obama’s numbers hover around 49%-52%.) What does Giuliani’s exit mean for Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, long rumored to be preparing a run against Paterson? It was reported recently that Cuomo’s camp warned Giuliani about entering the Governor’s race, because, according to various sources, Cuomo was likely to win.
In doing so, they may have jettisoned their strongest argument in a primary challenge against Paterson: that the Attorney General should be the Democratic nominee because he’d have the best shot of beating the former Mayor.