NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who won acclaim for his leadership following the September 11 attacks in 2001, said on Tuesday he does not intend to run for New York governor or the U.S. Senate in 2010.
Giuliani, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, said he would endorse Republican Rick Lazio for New York governor.
The former mayor said he wanted to focus on his consulting business, Giuliani Partners, which has won a contract in Rio de Janeiro to improve security there ahead of the 2012 Olympics.
“I have some very significant commitments for next year that would make it impossible for me to really run full-time for an office,” he said at a Manhattan news conference. “It would be hard running from Brazil.”
Giuliani, 65, had been mentioned as a possible candidate for both the Senate seat and the governor’s job, and his announcement cast doubt on his political future. He ended his second term as mayor of New York at the end of 2001.
Lazio, a former member of the House of Representatives, lost a bid for U.S. Senate from New York to Hillary Clinton in 2000. Giuliani had originally been the leading Republican candidate in that race but dropped out due to personal and health problems.
Reporting by Daniel Trotta and Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by Vicki Allen