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January 25, 2007
POLITICS: Rudy Gets Serious

Looks like the Giuliani campaign is finally getting in gear. The NY Post reports that he is selling his business:

Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 GOP White House front-runner, is moving to sell the Wall Street wing of his multi-pronged business - the strongest sign yet that he's making a serious play for the presidency, The Post has learned.

Officials at Giuliani Partners have been meeting quietly with several firms about buying the firm's stake in Giuliani Capital Advisors, an investment banking company, sources familiar with the discussions said.

The Chicago-based investment firm is the largest arm of the former mayor's self-named business, and may be the biggest cash cow of Giuliani's four-unit business.

Rudy is also hiring key staffers:

Meanwhile, Giuliani yesterday added former Bush-Cheney campaign adviser Brent Seaborn to his staff. Seaborn was involved with so-called "micro-targeting," which helped boost GOP votes for Bush in his 2004 campaign.

He also hired Patrick Ruffini, President Bush's Webmaster, to help with his Internet strategy.

The NY Daily News adds:

A series of new hires will soon join Giuliani's presidential exploratory committee in key primary states, and the organization will settle on a pollster and a media consultant, those close to the former mayor said.

"This is serious. This is indicative that we are very serious and very excited," a source said.

The exploratory committee will add a handful of regional finance directors geared toward raising money from Republicans nationwide, giving Giuliani financial clout to compete with the fund-raising machines of candidates such as Arizona Sen. John McCain, the National Journal's Hotline reported.

The move comes on the heels of Team Giuliani's announcement that former Republican Rep. Jim Nussle would help in his key home state of Iowa.

The game is afoot!

Posted by Baseball Crank at 2:36 PM | Politics 2008 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

No way he wins. His time in the sun has passed.

Posted by: Ryan Brown at January 27, 2007 12:47 AM
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