November 19th, 2009
02:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Giuliani spokeswoman: Rudy has not made up his mind

Giuliani spokeswoman: No decision yet.
Giuliani spokeswoman: No decision yet.

(CNN) - A spokeswoman for Rudy Giuliani says that the former New York City mayor has not made up his mind about running for governor next year.

Maria Comella's comments were in response to report Thursday in the New York Times that Giuliani had decided not to run for New York governor in 2010, according to people who have been told of his decision.

"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," said Comella in a statement.

Recent polls of New York State voters indicate that Giuliani holds a wide lead over former Rep. Rick Lazio, the only Republican to have declared a gubernatorial bid, in a hypothetical 2010 GOP primary match-up.


According to the surveys, Giuliani has a double-digit advantage over incumbent Democratic Gov. David Paterson in a hypothetical general election faceoff. But the polls suggest that New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who has not indicated if he wants to run for governor, tops Giuliani by 10-12 points. Cuomo also easily beats Paterson in a possible Democratic primary, according to those surveys.

The polls indicate that New Yorkers have an overall favorable opinion of the former New York City mayor.

Sunday on CNN's State of the Union with John King, Giuliani said he had not yet made up his mind regarding a run. He had previously indicated that he would make a decision before the end of the year.

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Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Ex-NC-Pub

    What mind?

    November 19, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Jake

    allow me to help...don't do it!
    NY state can do better!

    November 19, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Who cares? That Jack O' Lantern doesn't have a chance of winning anything!

    November 19, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Frank, Las Vegas

    He won't announce until Cuomo does. He knows he can't beat Cuomo and doesn't want another race for him to be put in the lost column. If he really wanted to "serve" he wouldn't care who he ran against. But for Mr. a noun, a verb and 911, he doesn't really care about serving the people, it's all about himself. He should remain on the sidelines, forever.

    November 19, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. C Spurgeon

    Not my business. i don't live in NY but he is not a great person. Some investigative reorters need to do their job and vet him....

    November 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Ethan

    Noun, verb, 9/11..... GO AWAY!!!!!!!!!!

    November 19, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  7. juliet hartford ct

    what a hypocrite...speak out of 2 sides of his mouth.

    November 19, 2009 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Cuomo is going to win hands down.

    November 19, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Robin

    He would win. Like it or not, he was an excellent mayor.

    November 19, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Maybe Hillary will declare...Now that would take care of Guilliani wouldn't it?

    November 19, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. csh

    Giuliani is completely Irrelevant – He won ZERO states in his bid for the presidency last year.

    Z-E-R-O.

    He is an ill-tempered, crazy, cranky nutjob – even his own kids can't stand him.

    November 19, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. Laverne

    He does not stand a chance at winning. He does not want more of his dirty laudry out to dry and he darn well knows it coming. Beside Guliani may have been a patriot during the 9/11 attacks, but as a person, he sucks! He is not a really nice person and he is not what New Yorker's need or want at this time. He will probably try and use the 9/11 attacks to try and gen up support and or votes. Just another republican still trying to cash in on 9/11 and no doubt will use the old fear tactic especially with the recent news of some of the terrorist may be tried their. New Yorkers don't be fooled by this clown, it's time to move forward. Go home pig face!

    November 19, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Jill, California

    Giuliani is a bogus individual who speaks out of both sides of his mouth.

    November 19, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Marco V

    Hasn't New York suffered enough?

    November 19, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  15. MegNYC

    "Overall favorable opinion of the former NYC mayor" BAH! Hilarious. I want him to run if only to give him a slap in the face of what this city and state REALLY think of him. Cuomo would blow him out of the water.

    November 19, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  16. mark

    please save our state Rudy, patterson and the democrats have run this state into the ground!

    November 19, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  17. George W Bush = Worst President Ever

    If Giuliani were smart, he would not run against Cuomo. So, that means he is sure to run.

    November 19, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. g ontario

    this guy is really creepy

    November 19, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    The guy is partisan scum. Party before country, right Captain 9-11? Careful NY or he'll destroy your state with his hypocrisy beam.

    November 19, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  20. Sgt. USMC

    I hope he does... that way it will save the American people from having to put up with him trying to run for President. It's bad enough some less educated people support Palin.

    OBAMA 2012

    November 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. AEK

    He's checking to see if they can do some remodeling at the governor's mansion to add all the extra space that will be required to squeeze his enormous ego in! Just sayin'...

    November 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  22. OldUncleTom

    Ah Rudy!! Noun... Verb... 911...

    Will this carry the whole state? Or will Rudy have to be content with the protection rackets... errrr.... "Security Consulting" from now on?

    I don't expect him to be Kerik's roommate, but anything is possible in the public eye.

    November 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. DickCheneyTheMadharchodh

    A public figure who cannot make up his mind on public service is a darn useless arsehole.... send him to Guantanamo Bay alongwith Sarah

    November 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. K

    What a joke, this man has attempted to make a career from the horrible trajedy of September 11th, 2001.....

    It is such a disrespect for the familys of the victims, why are certain politicians so dispicable...?

    This man doesn't even have a relationship with his own children, that should be a red flag for any FOOL that would vote for him.....

    November 19, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  25. Zach K

    Don't Run Mr. 9/11. Please.

    You couldn't take care of a city, and you can't take care of your own state as a Senator or Governor. DON'T RUN.

    November 19, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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