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Surrogate Giuliani fires up crowd for Romney in Boca Raton

Friday, July 27th, 2012 by George Bennett

Giuliani at a Romney campaign office today.

BOCA RATON — Rudy Giuliani guaranteed a 2013 economic boom if Mitt Romney is elected president while saying President Obama should apologize to the American people for the latest bit of sluggish economic news.

Appearing before more than 200 Romney supporters at a sweltering storefront Romney campaign headquarters this afternoon, the former New York mayor and unsuccessful 2008 White House aspirant blasted Obama’s handling of the economy and the fact that he hasn’t made a presidential visit to Israel.

“This morning’s numbers on the growth of our economy were so horrible, so anemic, 1.5 percent, that Barack Obama should have walked outside the White House and apologized to the American people,” Giuliani said.

The Commerce Department today said the economy grew at a 1.5 percent rate during the second quarter.

“I guarantee you that if we elect Mitt Romney, our economy next year will boom,” said Giuliani, who hailed the former Massachusetts governor as a successful businessman.


Rudy in ’12? Thrill is gone in sixth borough

Monday, July 11th, 2011 by John Kennedy

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is planning a New Hampshire visit this week and a spokeswoman said Monday he will decide whether to run for president “very soon,” fanning a campaign flame he’s been kindling since at least spring, when he talked of running in a speech before the Palm Beach Republican Club.

Then, he hinted that he would run if the GOP would nominate a candidate hizzoner considered “too right-wing.” Now, he plans to meet with law enforcement officers, National Rifle Association members, and Dartmouth College faculty while he mulls another run.

Giuliani banked heavily on Florida when he ran for president in 2008. He finished third here, shouldered out when then-Gov. Charlie Crist endorsed eventual nominee John McCain. Giuliani ended his campaign a day later.

With the 2012 Republican presidential field still in flux, prospects of a Giuliani candidacy could be expected to draw buzz in South Florida,¬†effectively New York’s sixth borough.

But Palm Beach County GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein, a Giuliani fan, said it’s more likely the presidential profile of ‘America’s Mayor’ has waned.

“I just don’t think a lot of voters, especially newer voters, have stopped thinking of him,” Dinerstein said. “But this is a year when anything can happen. And when we have people still talking about jumping in, I think as a Republican, that says they think they can win.”

Giuliani loyalist Diamond joins Draft Trump movement

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 by George Bennett

Palm Beach Town Councilman Bill Diamond has been named a Florida co-chairman of the Draft Trump 2012 campaign.

“I think it’s important that he get in the race. We need as many good Republicans as we can get,” said Diamond, who said he’s known Donald Trump‘s family for 50 years.

In Florida presidential politics, Diamond is best known as a Rudy Giuliani guy. He served in former New York Mayor Giuliani’s administration as commissioner of administrative services from 1994 to 2001. Giuliani officiated in 1996 when Diamond married Regine Traulsen at Gracie Mansion. And Diamond was one of Giuliani’s key Florida financiers during Giuliani’s unsuccessful 2008 GOP presidential bid.

Giuliani hasn’t completely shut the door on a 2012 presidential run. Who would Diamond support if both Trump and Giuliani run?

“Both,” he replied today.

In Palm Beach, Giuliani talks about 2012, Obama, Palin, Romney, tea parties

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 by George Bennett

Giuliani at The Colony hotel in Palm Beach

PALM BEACH — Former New York Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani left the door open for a 2012 run tonight, saying he’d think about launching another White House bid if it looks the GOP might otherwise pick a nominee who is “too right-wing.”

Giuliani backed away from his previous suggestion that he’d be more likely to run if Sarah Palin got in the race. He said another potential 2012 GOP candidate, Mitt Romney, should declare the health care plan he championed as governor of Massachusetts was a mistake.

Giuliani spoke for about 90 minutes to a Palm Beach Republican Club crowd of about 200 at The Colony hotel.

During a Q-and-A session, he was asked about his January comments on CNN that he’d be tempted to run if Palin were a candidate. Giuliani called that remark “rash.” But he said his fears of the GOP choosing a nominee who can’t win a general election might prompt him to run.

“If all we are faced with are candidates that are too far right so that they can’t win the general election, then that’s when I’d reconsider doing it,” Giuliani said.


Giuliani in 2012? After New Hampshire visit, he’s coming to Palm Beach

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 by George Bennett


Former New York Mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is coming to the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach on Tuesday for a Palm Beach Republican Club “conversation and cocktails” event.

Giuliani was in New Hampshire on Friday night, giving what described as a “showy speech” that was heavy on criticism of President Obama and praise for the tea party movement. Giuliani generally neglected New Hampshire in the 2008, focusing instead on Florida’s early delegate-rich presidential primary, in which he ended up finishing third.

Robo Rudy makes calls for Bondi

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 by Andrew Abramson

Sarah Palin-backed Attorney General candidate Pam Bondi is receiving help from another national Republican in a tight race against Dan Gelber.

Beginning today, Florida voters will receive a recorded message from former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, encouraging them to vote for Bondi, a Tampa area prosecutor.

Here’s a transcript of the message:


Rudy Giuliani touts McCollum as fiscal hawk in West Palm Beach

Friday, March 12th, 2010 by George Bennett

Rudy Giuliani and Bill McCollum work the room at Howley's this morning. Photo by Lannis Waters.

Rudy Giuliani and Bill McCollum work the room at Howley's this morning. Photo by Lannis Waters.

WEST PALM BEACH — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told a packed crowd at Howley’s restaurant this morning that Republican Bill McCollum is Florida’s best defense against a California-style fiscal meltdown.

“This is a very difficult time to govern, whether it’s Florida or Texas or California,” Giuliani told about 70 McCollum supporters who crowded the diner for a $40-a-head meet-and-greet event.

McCollum, who is Florida’s attorney general, was state chairman for Giuliani’s 2008 presidential campaign. In addition to this morning’s breakfast, Giuliani will appear with McCollum at a fund-raiser at a private home in Stuart later today and at a restaurant in Miami’s Little Havana late this afternoon.

“You don’t want to become like California,” Giuliani said of the state that faces a $20 billion deficit. Giuliani said McCollum, who’s currently the Florida attorney general, would keep Florida’s spending under control.


McCollum is latest GOP pol to visit Bill Diamond’s Palm Beach house for campaign cash

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 by George Bennett



Whether they’re running for president or a state House seat, Republicans in need of campaign cash often find their way to Bill Diamond’s Palm Beach home.

Florida Attorney General and 2010 governor candidate Bill McCollum will be the latest GOP office-seeker to belly up to Diamond’s political ATM when he attends a fund-raising lunch there Wednesday.



A veteran of New York City Republican politics, the 73-year-old Diamond co-owns a real estate business and was elected to the Palm Beach town council this year.

He was a regional administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration under Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, then was former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s commissioner of administrative services from 1994 to 2001.


Giuliani to raise $$ for Loeb

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009 by George Bennett

Former NYC mayor and onetime GOP presidential frontrunner Rudy Giuliani will headline a May 8 fund-raiser for 2010 Republican state House candidate Nick Loeb at the Manalapan home of Richard DeVos, the Amway-founding billionaire who owns the Orlando Magic.

Loeb and former Boca Raton Councilman Bill Hager are seeking the Republican nomination to replace term-limited state House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, in District 87, which includes parts of southern Palm Beach County and a few Broward County precincts.

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