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Giuliani Not Rushing to Paladino's Corner

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On a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Rudy Giuliani said, “I don’t know Carl Paladino and he hasn’t asked for my endorsement and I don’t endorse people that I don’t know and who haven’t asked for it.”

Giuliani had endorsed former GOP Rep. Rick Lazio, who lost the Republican primary to Paladino. But Lazio is still on the Conservative line and hinting he may keep actively campaigning.

“I haven’t spoken to Rick so I don’t know what he is planning to do,” Giuilani said. “I empathize with the situation he and [Conservative Party Chairman] Mike Long are in.”

That “situation” is the party’s need to get 50,000 votes in order to maintain the automatic place on the ballot for the next four years. But with the race supposedly tightening between Democrat Andrew Cuomo and Paladino, nobody wants to be seen as the spoiler who helps elect Cuomo.