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Rudy Hearts Meg for Gov



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    Does anyone care that a once mayor from across the country has an opinion on who should run California?

    For the second time in three days, somebody living on the other side of the country weighed in on the California governor's election that is still more than a year away.

    Former New York City mayor and one-time GOP presidential candidate Rudy Guiliani gave the nod to Meg Whitman, according to a statement released by the Whitman campaign. On Monday, former President Bill Clinton endorsed Gavin Newsom, a democratic candidate.

    Whitman traveled to New York for a guest spot on Fox News on Tuesday -- although maybe her real reason to visit the Big Apple was to seal the deal with Rudy. 

    In a statement released Wednesday by Whitman's campaign, Giuliani said he believes the former eBay chief executive could help re-energize the Republican party's grassroots.

    Giuliani took a beating in his quest for the presidential nomination last year, dropping out in January after losing the Florida primary, but he remains popular with conservatives and is a strong fund raiser.

    The 2008 presidential campaign was Whitman's first foray into politics. She was an economic adviser to candidate Mitt Romney and later to GOP nominee John McCain.

    Guiliani chose Whitman over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former congressman Tom Campbell.

    No word from either Bill or Rudy on their picks for Congressional District 10 or Assembly District 72, the two races on the ballot this November. But now that they've taken such an interest in California politics, we're sure they'll share their insight with us soon.