NEW YORK (CNN) – This time, Rick Lazio isn't deferring to Rudy Giuliani.
The former Republican congressman from Long Island is expected Tuesday morning to formally announce that he's running for governor of New York. The announcement, scheduled to take place in Albany, New York, comes as former New York City mayor and 2008 GOP presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani contemplates his own bid for the governor's office. Giuliani has said he will decide on a run later this year.
It was a different story in the 2000 campaign, when Lazio deferred to Giuliani in the race to take on then-First Lady Hillary Clinton for an open U.S. Senate seat in New York. Lazio held back as Giuliani declared his candidacy. When Giuliani dropped out of the race five months before Election Day, Lazio stepped in as his replacement, losing to Clinton in by 12 points.
Most recent polls of Republican voters in New York suggest Giuliani would trounce Lazio in a hypothetical GOP primary matchup. Those same surveys indicate Lazio and New York Gov. David Paterson are deadlocked in a hypothetical general election matchup.
The Lazy Lazio is layin' it on Guiliani like a loungin' dullard.
They are remarkably similar, both lazy and stupid.
Hard t tell which woulod be worse – guliani or lazzio. Both are creepy throwbacks to the stone age. And both hard right politicians and consumate liars. Those two even make patterson seem like a real good choice.
Actually, Lazio is gutsy.....he is pushig the issue to the forefront.
Don't underestimate his potential...lots of the upstate folks have family on the Island (that would be Long Island)...and he has served his constituiants well in a predomiately Democractic zone....
Giuliani could win an election to be dog catcher in this city. We were sick of him when he was here; we strongly opposed another term when he was here and we had no intention of voting for him as a republican nominee. Doesn't this guy get it. YOUR OUT.
Two more dufus Republicans.
New York and the entire country need people in office who are not so divisive. The country is reeling in anger and resentment – not sure why, but the gap is huge and we need to bring people together. We need politicians who are calm, even handed, and fair minded. We don't need more old school thinking.
I lived in New York until 1990, and remember when Rick Lazio beat Tom Downey for his congressional seat. He didn't run, or win, on issues, instead he won by smearing his opponent. Nothing changed when he ran for the Senate, fortunately the voters saw through his nonsense. Let's hope that they continue to do so, New Yorkers deserve much better than him.
I do not think any one votes for this biggest idiot.....
Please Republicans, in 2012, run Giuliani for President. He is perfect: Married three times, once to his cousin (is he from some Southern state?), shacked up with his to be third wife while second wife and G's children lived down the hall in the Governor's Mansion. Love it. Family values.
If not, there is always Pretty Boy Romney, Saturday Night At The Track Palin or Gomer Pyle Huckabee. This is what the Repubs have to offer? And they want to set National Policy about Health Care?
Where's Sarah Palin's take on all this? You're falling down on the job, CNN.
Guilianni is no risk taker. He'll wait until after the Democratic primary to see who the candidate is. If it's Patterson, chances increase that he'll go in. If it's Cuomo or someone else, Gulianni stays out. If he runs for any office, wheter he wins or loses, it's bye-bye speaking tour. Gulianni goes where the money is and the money is on the speaking tour. No risks being a self-righteous speaker.
A republican cannot win in this state, sorry. When Guiliani was mayor, it was a different time, a time when some New Yorkers had some decency. Sure, some people upstate are still good people, but the majority of the population around the 5 boroughs are now completely lib and they function only on hate, anger, and selfishness. Therefore, no republican has a chance.
2008 GOP presidential candidate? ..... hmmm I thought this was McCain.
Old Skull Face Giuliani has no chance at the governorship.
Ghouliani and his LISP and too funny! add the bad combover and we have a clown!
Rick Lazio is wonderful – HE should have been our senator, NOT Hillary (ever), or Giuliani.
Take away that one day, and Giuliani was only a "mediocre" mayor. How might Giuliani's campaign speech go? Let me guess, "Hi Folks, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11" . . .
the guy showed no remorse for treating his (ex)-wife like crap, he ended up marrying his mistress and his own children didn't seem to support his presidential campaign. What more should be said?
Once again, nothing but hatemongering from the liberals on this ticker. Can you all come up with something concrete, rather than terms such as "dufus"???? No? I thought not. Its amazing to me that society has taken such a turn for the worse, that decent, normal, hardworking Americans are criticized just for being decent, normal, and hardworking.... and people who are "different" and who know nothing of personal accountability,honor, and respect are lauded as saints and saviours.
Somebody needs to tell Mr. 911 that his 15 minutes are up, long gone in a NY second. New Yorkers have moved on; some people might want to move right along with them.
Ick and Ickier
I dont trust an politician that have to slam another by dragging them in the mud just to win an election i understand an honest one when its truth about his past that was negative and you are calling them out but when one is lying on another just to win an election then tell me what are you going to do once you get in office lie again to the people.
Please Mr. 911, would you please just go work at your consulting firm for the Foreign Business's you assist in Big Bidness Nepotism OR Please would You Just "Please Go NOW" (apologies to Marvin K. Mooney and Dr. Suess!)!!! Your Meet The Press most recent obfuscations were way too much! We are soooo on to YOU!
'member when Hillary embarrassed that fool in her first Senate win. I still remember him walking over to her podium and completely losing his cool and invading her space.....LOL. What a tool!
As a former New Yorker, I cannot imagine why anyone would want to vote for Rudy – the biggest fraud on the face of the earth.
i hope rudy gets his speech problem fixed before we have to hear him talk about 9-11 over and over and over
Cuomo is getting my vote, if he runs for governor.