Giuliani Will Help '06ers Retire Campaign Debt
Embedded within this NYT Hillary write-up are murmurs of activity in the Rudy camp post-election. It looks like Rudy will help Republican candidates retire their campaign debt from 2006:
At least one of Senator Clinton’s possible rivals in 2008, should she win the Democratic nomination, is already taking steps in that direction. Former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who campaigned for more than 35 candidates this year, is looking into the campaign debts of Republicans and expects to help some candidates retire debt, according to his spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel.
Mr. Giuliani is also making his first postelection foray to a presidential swing state, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, where he will give a speech on leadership, hold a brief news conference, and dine privately with a group of young entrepreneurs, according to organizers of the event at Wilkes University.
Advisers to Mr. Giuliani said they did not expect him to announce a candidacy for the presidency during the visit, noting that it had been on his schedule for many weeks.
This seems like a pretty smart move, and unlike some, he seems to be avoiding the temptation to dance on the graves of his fellow Republicans. While others trumpet win-loss ratios, I think it's to the Mayor's credit that he stood strong for Republicans in particularly difficult races -- when the going gets tough, he's there. Should the Mayor make a strong play for the votes of social conservatives, Rick Santorum and Ralph Reed would be strong additions to the team.