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November 25, 2009

2010 Campaign: Giuliani Leads In Race For NY Senate Seat, GOP House Hopeful Takes Break To Play In NFL

First, Rudy.

Democratic incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand may have a serious problem on her hands if Rudy Giuliani gets in next year’s race for the U.S. Senate in New York State.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of voters in the state finds Giuliani, the former Republican mayor of New York City, leading Gillibrand by 13 points – 53% to 40%. Four percent (4%) like some other candidate, and just two percent (2%) are undecided.

News reports that Giuliani has ruled out a run for governor next year and is interested In the Senate race could turn Gillibrand’s bid to fill out the rest of Hillary Clinton’s term from a close struggle to an uphill climb.

I still would like to see Giuliani run for Governor. I know that's a more up hill battle against Andrew Cuomo but he'd have a decent shot. That would free the Senate race up for former Governor George Pataki. Yeah, George isn't my ideal candidate either (well, the 1st term Pataki was ok) but I'd like to win both seats.

Rudy still hasn't announced and quite frankly I'm not sure he'll make the run. Consider that the '10 race is a special election to fill the last two years of Hillary's term, he'd have to run again in '12. I'm not sure Rudy wants to essentially spend the next 3 years campaigning almost non-stop.

The second story is an amusing tidbit.

Former Philadelphia Eagle Jon Runyan will challenge Rep. John Adler (D-N.J.), but first he will make a brief NFL comeback next year.

Runyan said late Tuesday that he has signed on for the rest of the season with the San Diego Chargers, but that the games will be his last. He said he will indeed pursue a run against Adler once the season is done.

While it will prevent him from getting an earlier start, Runyan's season should be over by early February at the latest. That will allow him nine months to run the race.

I can't really blame Runyan.

First, who wouldn't want to spend the next two or three months in San Diego as opposed to south Jersey?

Second, it's the NFL. If you are a football player, you go if they call.

Third, it's likely not that big of a deal. December is a dead time anyway and how far are the Chargers likely to get anyway? The publicity from this will likely out weigh a few months off the trail. Can you imagine the boost he'd get if they won the Super Bowl? Unless of course, they beat the Eagles. Then he's screwed.


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