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