Gillibrand will have to run for a full six-year term. Her name will appear on the ballot directly below President Barack Obama. With a nine percent unemployment rate, continued political gridlock in Washington, a looming $16 trillion deficit within two years and an economy with zero growth, Obama may face a serious challenge in carrying New York. He may be unable to provide any political coattails for Gillibrand.
In addition, her mentor Senator Charles Schumer will not be on the ballot in 2012 to provide her with a direct link. You can be sure that Schumer will tap into his own contributors list to assist Gillibrand. Schumer wants to keep his younger apprentice in the Senate. Schumer has successfully used this tactic in his last two campaigns for reelection outspending, his under-financed and unknown Republican challengers by millions.
As a 2012 Senate candidate. Giuliani brings certain assets to the campaign that money alone can't buy. He is a proven crime fighter. As a two-term mayor of a New York City previously dominated by political corruption, he turned the Big Apple around. During his administration in the 1990's, crime was reduced, streets became both cleaner and safer, economic growth and the creation of jobs were on the upswing and the city budget was balanced.
After the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, he served as a beacon of strength for all New Yorkers who survived the terrible aftermath to go on with life.
Giuliani is one of the few GOPers who has consistently been able to attract large numbers of first-time, independent and moderate Democratic voters to build the majority coalition necessary for winning public office in New York.
His commitment to Israel has historically been stronger than Obama. As a result, he may be able to attract significant number of Jewish Democrats to cross party lines and vote for him. Newly elected Republican Bob Turner did just that in the recent 9th Congressional District special election.
Giuliani could be a significant voice in a potentially Republican-controlled Senate in 2013 which may have a stronger suburban and rural political orientation. Giuliani could put a formerly safe Democratic Senate seat in play. Republicans only need to pick up eight more seats to regain control of the Senate.
Time will tell if Rudy Giuliani still has the fire in the belly for one last political contest.