Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Rudy vs. Charlie

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed Marco Rubio in the primary race for the Florida Senate seat.

”This is an easy choice. Not just for Republicans but for Floridians. He is the one and only candidate we can trust to represent Republican principles in Washington,” Giuliani said during a 20-minute speech at the Renaissance at the Gables restaurant in Coral Gables before a standing-room-only crowd of about 250 people.

Giuliani’s endorsement came as no political surprise.

During the 2008 presidential campaign, Crist tossed his support behind Sen. John McCain just days before the all-important Florida primary.

Giuliani, who bet his presidential campaign on winning the Sunshine state, was relying on the then-popular Florida governor to help him in the all-important Florida primary in Jan. 2008. Giuliani ended up a distant third behind McCain and Mitt Romney, garnering just 15 percent of the vote. With his presidential hopes dashed, Giuliani dropped out of the race.

And it’s not like it really matters. I doubt that there’s a whole lot of Republicans in Florida who were on the fence, just waiting for the word from Rudy about which way to go. Given Mr. Giuliani’s mercurial and prickly personality, he would have endorsed a dead mackerel over Charlie Crist as long as he could chalk it up to payback.