By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Suggestions that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani won't run for governor but is interested in challenging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are being met with skepticism among his allies.
Whispers reached out to key Giuliani insiders on the rumors, all of whom said that Giuliani had not told them of his Senate plans. Senate Republicans eager for a strong candidate in that seat would be pleased to have Giuliani in the race but say that the 9/11 governor has not talked to them about it. "Obviously, it would be great if he did it, but we're still having a hard time believing it," said a Senate GOP leadership aide.
Former aides to his presidential campaign also say that he hasn't said much on a Senate bid, and they add that they would be the likely ones to run a campaign. And even in New York, key Republicans said that Giuliani hasn't shown his hand on the Senate race, though he has such a high name recognition and ability to raise money that he could make an 11th-hour entrance into the race and succeed.