Former Iowa Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot All But Endorses Giuliani
It looks like Rudy may have a "bagged a whale" in Iowa.
Former Iowa Congressman Jim Ross Lightfoot, a strong social conservative, said that the Mayor was "the one person" who could probably get elected because of his proven executive experience. He ruled out Senators as viable candidates because they haven't run anything larger than their office. According to the Iowa Political Alert:
“The one person I think could probably get elected is Giuliani because of what he did in New York,” Lightfoot said. “I really think that governors and mayors of huge cities like New York, I think from the standpoint of demeanor, they are probably better suited for the presidency than a member of Congress or the U.S. Senate.”
Congressmen and senators are little more than CEOs of their own campaigns, Lightfoot said.
“The president is like the head of GM or IBM or any huge company,” Lightfoot said. “The governors have had that and Giuliani has had that in New York.”
Then Lightfoot posed this compelling question: “Pick any member of Congress and put them in New York on 9/11 and what would they have done?”Lightfoot was twice nominated by Iowa Republicans as their statewide standardbearer, for U.S. Senate in 1996 and Governor in 1998.