Leaked Giuliani Memo Details Goals, Hurdles

By Chris Cillizza
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani (R) has been exploring a run for president for just over a month, but the planning behind a national candidacy has been going on much longer, according to an internal strategy memo.

The 140-page document, which was leaked to the New York Daily News by a rival 2008 campaign, provides a broad look at Giuliani's prospects for the Republican nomination -- including the potential hurdles of his stormy personal life and his association with disgraced former New York City police commissioner Bernard B. Kerik. "All will come out -- in worst light," says the document as quoted by the Daily News.

The memo also details a fundraising plan for Giuliani that includes raising $100 million this year, including $25 million in the first three months alone, according to the Daily News. At present, Giuliani finds himself slightly behind Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) in the race for commitments from key donors who can contribute their own money and also harvest thousands more from their well-heeled friends.

Sunny Mindel, a spokeswoman for Giuliani, alleged that the memo was obtained through a series of "political dirty tricks." According to Mindel, a staffer's bag containing the document was lost during one of Giuliani's campaign trips this fall after being removed from a private plane. The bag was returned several days later after "repeated requests" by Giuliani's staff. "Because our staffer had custody of this document at all times except for this one occasion, it is clear that the document was removed from the luggage and photocopied," Mindel said.

Polling continues to show Giuliani running at or near the front of the 2008 Republican field -- a result of the national name recognition he carries from his handling of the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Despite those surveys, many within the party are skeptical that Giuliani's liberal social positions will withstand the scrutiny of conservative primary and caucus voters.

Romney to File Campaign Papers

Speaking of Romney, he'll let one of the least well-kept secrets of the 2008 campaign out of the bag today when he registers a presidential exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission.

The filing of the paperwork is largely a formality, as Romney has long been expected to run for president and has been putting into place a national organization to prepare for such a bid. Romney's latest hire is Carolyn Weyforth, who most recently served as press secretary for outgoing Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). Weyforth will be Romney's deputy communications director.

Romney will spend much of today preparing to hand over power to Gov.-elect Deval L. Patrick (D), who will be sworn in tomorrow, and is scheduled to make the "lone walk" -- the ceremonial departing descent down the steps of the Massachusetts State House -- this evening.

On Jan. 8, Romney will begin his exploratory committee in earnest with a fundraiser in Boston to benefit his presidential aspirations.

Among Republicans, Sen. Sam Brownback (Kan.), Rep. Duncan Hunter (Calif.), former governors Tommy G. Thompson (Wis.) and James S. Gilmore III (Va.), as well as McCain and Giuliani, have established exploratory organizations.

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