The end of Giuliani's political career?

The former New York City mayor won't run for Senate, will reportedly stay in private sector

By Alex Koppelman
December 22, 2009 7:45PM (UTC)
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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will reportedly announce Tuesday that he's decided not to run for the Senate seat currently held by Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand. He'd already opted not to run for governor against incumbent David Paterson.

Things can change down the line, of course, but for now this seems to be the end of Giuliani's career in politics, and the obituaries are being written.

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He did seem to have a shot at becoming either senator or governor, but at the same time he also had quite a bit of baggage to deal with, including the recent guilty plea of his friend Bernie Kerik. And certainly any hope he has of being influential in the political world from the private sector would have faded if he suffered another embarrassing loss like the one he faced in the Republican presidential primary last year.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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