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New York: GOP Candidates Say They’d Like Giuliani on the Ballot

The prospect of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani running for New York governor in 2010 has some GOP congressional candidates sounding giddy.

Republican Assemblyman Greg Ball told CQ Politics he was “jumping for joy” at the idea of a Giuliani campaign, which is starting to look like a genuine possibility, according to a New York Times story published Tuesday. The Times reports that Giuliani “has told associates that he will decide on a candidacy within 30 to 60 days, as he weighs whether he can be elected statewide.”

“If Rudy Giuliani has coattails it would be in Hudson Valley where he polls extremely well,” said Ball, who is challenging second-term Democrat John Hall for the 19th District seat. Ball noted that his district is home to “a lot of New York City cops and firemen” who are a natural constituency for Giuliani.

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