Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will endorse Florida GOP Senate candidate Marco Rubio and campaign with him next Monday in Miami.
The news of Giuliani’s endorsement, first reported by the Associated Press, was confirmed to POLITICO by a Rubio spokesman.
Giuliani’s decision to involve himself in the contentious Republican Senate primary between Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist comes two years after a much-publicized snub by Crist, who endorsed Sen. John McCain over Giuliani during the 2008 GOP presidential primary.
According to an account in the recent book “Game Change,” Giuliani fully expected to win Crist’s endorsement in a state that was key to his fortunes. But Crist never followed through and ended up backing McCain just days before the Florida primary.
The former New York City mayor is one of the most prominent moderate Republicans to back Rubio’s campaign, and it could help Rubio win support among the state’s high percentage of voters who are originally from New York, some of whom have favorable memories of Giuliani’s mayoral tenure.
Oh, by the way….. Rubio ate Crist alive on Fox News Sunday last weekend. I’m not sure how Crist survived the incident with all of the blood loss he suffered.
Governor Crist — hang it up. You are so 2007.