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The three ex-amigos.

Rudy Giuliani may be the bees knees in New Hampshire and elsewhere, but there's one place where his presidential campaign is having a little trouble gaining traction: New York.

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 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, 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 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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