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April 20, 2009

Awesome! Rudy Giuliani Comes Out Swinging Against (Wait For It)..... Same Sex Marriage In NY

It's not that I think his position is awesome (I'm personally indifferent to supportive of same sex marriage but mostly indifferent) but it means he's going to run for Governor next year.

The former mayor, in an extended interview with The Post, also predicted that Gov. Paterson's high-profile effort to legalize gay marriage would anger many New Yorkers and spark a revolt that could help sweep Republicans into office in 2010.

"This will create a grass-roots movement. This is the kind of issue that, in many ways, is somewhat beyond politics," said Giuliani, a two-term mayor who unsuccessfully sought the GOP presidential nomination last year.

"I think gay marriage will obviously be an issue for any Republican next year because Republicans are either in favor of the position I'm in favor of, civil unions, or in many cases Republicans don't even favor civil unions," he continued.

Giuliani, who is slated to address a Republican fund-raising gala in Albany tonight in what is widely described as further proof of his interest in running for governor, said he's committed to the traditional definition of marriage.

Patterson is taking this gamble because he's polling somewhere just ahead of Eliot Spitzer and somewhere just below a random name from the Utica phone book. This is his way of shoring up his base and moving hard left in an attempt to fend off an expected primary challenge from Andrew Cuomo (probably should have sent him to the Senate Dave, just saying).

Meanwhile, this push could prove interesting in the state Senate where the Democrats took over this year for the first time in decades. Back in January, 3 Democratic senators threatened to caucus with the Republicans, which would have allowed the Republicans to keep control of the chamber. One of the big issues? The "Gang of 3's" opposition to same sex marriage.

As a political junkie, the thought of Rudy going toe to toe with Andrew Cuomo is simply delicious. The thought of Rudy taking on a barely breathing David Paterson strikes me as more lambs to the slaughter than anything. Either way, it's good to see Rudy getting back in the game.

FTR- I wasn't a Rudy guy last year. I didn't think his style would translate well to the national and world scene. For want of a better term, I thought he was too New York to be President (I say this life long New Yorker who grew up in NYC). In Albany? Oh Hell yes.

Of course, I'd take a caustic and combative Rudy over this milquetoast fool we have now.


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