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Rudy Giuliani Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani (born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman, and politician from the state of New York. Formerly Mayor of New York City, Giuliani is currently seeking the Republican nomination in the 2008 United States presidential election.  may be the bees knees in New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E).  and elsewhere, but there's one place where his presidential campaign is having a little trouble gaining traction: New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of

In fact, some big-time Republican pols, namely former U.S. Sen. Al D'Amato and Gov. George Pataki, are already very publicly toying with Giuliani--by not only refusing to endorse him but actually leaning toward backing Sen. John McCain.

Pataki in fact introduced McCain to New York reporters recently when McCain announced he was running--a move that isn't exactly a bear hug Bear Hug

An offer made by a company to buy the shares of another company that is too high for the board of the target firm to refuse.

If the target company says the merger is okay but they want a higher price, it is called a "teddy bear hug.
 for Giuliani.

And, according to an article in the newspaper Newsday, some of the state's biggest fund-raisers are already working with McCain.

Why? Quite simply, it's payback.

First, Giuliani hasnt had the best of relations with DAmato and Pataki, who was D'Amato's hand-picked guy in 1994, when Pataki ran against Mario Cuomo. In that battle, Giuliani, the Republican mayor of New York City The Mayor of New York City is the head of the executive branch of the Government of New York City. The office administers all city services, public property, police and fire protection, most public agencies, and enforces all city and state laws within the city. , dissed Pataki by endorsing Democrat Cuomo. Ever since, things haven't been all warm and fuzzy between D'AmatoPataki and Giuliani since.

Other Republicans are ticked off at Giuliani because in his mayoralty may·or·al·ty  
n. pl. may·or·al·ties
1. The office of a mayor.

2. The term of office of a mayor.

[Middle English mairalte, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French
 campaigns he accepted the endorsement of New York's Liberal Party (don't be completely fooled by the name, however) and not its Conservative Party. He also pretty much snubbed the Conservatives in the run-up to his aborted 2000 Senate campaign against Hillary Clinton.

And, as Mitt Romney well knows know, politicians, whether they're in Massachusetts or New York, have long memories.
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Title Annotation:George Pataki and Al D'Amato ditch Rudy Giuliani and back John McCain
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Mar 16, 2007
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