I’ve seen two posts now suggesting that Rudy Giuliani may consider dropping out. Political Insider says that the Mayor just hasn’t made up his mind yet. And in an article on McCain locking up SC donors, LJ of Race42008 says of Rudy:
The way the Republican primary schedule is shaping up, the nominee will be decided for all intents and purposes by February 5th, 2008 (a mere 13 months from today). That’s why having such a broad based national organization set up early is the key to be competitive. McCain has that ability and to a lesser extent, so does Romney. Given the frontloading of the primaries, I’m not sure how Giuliani can really compete. Realistically, he’d have to win either Iowa or New Hampshire to be able to stay in the game and not see his support dry up. With the revelation that his fund raising operation leaves a lot to be desired, I still think there’s a chance (20-30%) that Rudy ends up dropping out before the primaries even start.
I still think that there’s room for an alternative strategy for Rudy, even without the organization, and it would explain Rudy’s hiring practices.
In any case, the question of his commercial dealings, at one point HotlineTV’s most important obstacle for Rudy, is now getting some scrutiny. Today, the NYT ran an article about the structure of the firms. And the NY Daily News — which Rudy should really fear, with its substantially weaker standards — ran an article that mostly focused on Rudy trademarking his name (Rudy Giuliani® or Rudy®?) but did say:
In the five years that Giuliani has worked in the private sector, his clients have run the gamut, from gambling interests like the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, which may further trouble Christian conservative voters, to large power-generators like the Atlanta-based Southern Co., which environmentalists regard as among the worst polluters in the nation.
NYT named a few more names:
Active clients, Mr. Hess said, include Entergy, Purdue Pharma, and TransCanada Corp. and Shell.