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Giuliani says he won’t run in 2010

Rudy Giuliani, formerly mayor of New York, endorsed Republican Rick Lazio for governor yesterday. Rudy Giuliani, formerly mayor of New York, endorsed Republican Rick Lazio for governor yesterday. (Kathy Willens/Associated Press)
By Samantha Gross and Michael Gormley
Associated Press / December 23, 2009

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NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani, a former New York City mayor viewed by many New York Republicans as a potential savior for the struggling party, won’t run for political office in 2010, choosing to concentrate on his law and consulting businesses.

Giuliani, whose most recent foray into politics ended with a stinging loss to John McCain in the race for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, told WABC-TV yesterday that he will not commit himself to another high-profile run for office.

“None of it has to do with not wanting to do it,’’ he said. “I would have loved to have run for either governor or the Senate.’’

Giuliani’s consulting business, Giuliani Partners, is flourishing. This month, it landed a contract with Rio de Janeiro to help make the city safer; it is the site of the 2016 Olympics.

His announcement has implications for two big races: for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Democratic Governor David Paterson’s bid for another term.

Giuliani spoke before he endorsed Republican Rick Lazio in the governor’s race. Lazio was trounced by Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate in 2000. Giuliani said Republicans have plenty of potential candidates to take on Gillibrand, including former governor George Pataki and US Representative Pete King.