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Will Rudy Run?

2:15 PM, Nov 19, 2009 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
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Everyone seems to know Rudy Giuliani's political future -- except Giuliani. First the New York Times reported that Giuliani "has decided not to run for governor of New York next year after months of mulling a candidacy, according to people who have been told of the decision." Then the Daily News reported that "Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani has decided not to run for governor next year - but will run for U.S. Senate instead, sources told the Daily News." So, is it true?

Not so, according to the Giuliani camp. They want to dispel any rumors. Giuliani aide Maria Comella issued this statement: "Rudy has a history of making up his own mind and has no problem speaking it. When Mayor Giuliani makes a decision about serving in public office, he will inform New Yorkers on his own." Perhaps Giuliani hasn't made up his mind after all.

In recent polls, Giuliani doesn't fare well against probable Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo. He'd fare better against the horribly unpopular incumbent Gov. David Paterson. And he'd have an even better shot, it seems to me, against the unelected incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

If elected to the Senate, Giuliani would immediately become a prominent spokesman for an assertive U.S. foreign and counter-terrorism policy. But who's to say? At the moment, Giuliani's future, like the political future in general, remains unknown.