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Giuliani is pulling the plug

From the Washington Post, regarding John McCain‘s big win in Florida today:

giuliani.jpgFormer New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, whose status as “America’s Mayor” catapulted him to the head of the GOP field for most of last year, finished third. His speech to supporters had the feel of a goodbye, and top aides said he plans to drop out Wednesday and endorse McCain in California ahead of a debate there.

Speaking in Orlando as tears ran down his staffers’ faces, Giuliani said: “I’m proud that we chose to stay positive and run a campaign of ideas. We ran a campaign that was uplifting. You don’t always win but you can always try to do it right.”

Ouch, that’s gotta hurt (though it can’t be too surprising, given how Giuliani’s “Florida or bust” strategy clearly wasn’t working out in recent weeks) for America’s Mayor’s staunchest supporters here in California: former Giuliani subordinate and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon; Silicon Valley venture capital mogul E. Floyd Kvamme; Hoover Institution senior fellow Abraham Sofaer; an array of California businesspeople; some Bay Area folks who were advising him on health care; and others.

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No, there’s no good reason for me to be re-running this photo from last March. I just like the hand gesture.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • jh

    I am one republican that is happy Rudy has dropped out.Sometimes you have to go by what you feel about a candidate… Rudy and Mitt both strike me as guys running for the glory and power of it all. I think the same of Hillary . . .Obama seems to be running for the right reasons… hope he is serious and can truly reach out to change this partisan crap. Although that has always been there understandably to some degree it is way out of control and killing us. McCain I think might reach out also …I may register as an independent as I am truly sickened by both parties at the moment…I don’t want to keep score as to which party did more bad things than the other…I want decent people that will put the countries needs before their parties needs….OK I am done venting for now