Giuliani endorsing Lazio in governor's race

(AP) - Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, viewedby many New York Republicans as a savior for the struggling party,said Tuesday that he won't run for political office next year andinstead will concentrate on his lucrative law and consultingbusinesses.

"We have some pretty significant commitments next year thatwill really make it impossible for me to run full-time foroffice," Giuliani said Tuesday at a news conference to endorseex-congressman Rick Lazio for governor.

Giuliani said he thought about running for governor againstDemocratic Gov. David Paterson and in the U.S. Senate race nextyear against freshman Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand.

"At different times, I thought I might do it," he said, but"it just isn't the right time."

He said he wouldn't rule out running for office in the future."It's a decision purely about 2010," he said. "I have no ideawhether I'll run for something else."

Giuliani, whose most recent foray into politics ended with astinging loss to John McCain in the race for the 2008 Republicanpresidential nomination, said there are strong GOP candidates forboth Senate and governor, "and I want to start out by endorsingone, Rick Lazio for governor."

Lazio replaced Giuliani on the ticket in the 2000 Senate raceand went on to be trounced by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Giulianiwithdrew from that race after getting prostate cancer and sufferinga public breakup of his marriage.

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