Former McCain Chair Peter King Endorses Rudy Giuliani

When I saw the headline Rep. Peter King Endorses Giuliani at Political Insider (via my Trends feed) my sardonic reaction was, “Well, that’ll put him over the top.”

Matt Mackowiak must have anticipated this reaction, however, ending his short post: “This is newsworthy because King co-chaired Sen. John McCain’s New York campaign in 2000.” That is noteworthy.

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  1. Justin says:

    Peter King is a good win for Giuliani…

    But the overall endorsement scene for Rudy is pretty thin. I know he’s a bit late to the game (compared to Romney and McCain) but on the local state level he has a lot of catching up to do.

    see charts here

  2. I’m sorry, but I just don’t see endorsements as being that big of deal at this level. If 90% of the republicans in the house and senate endorsed someone other than the top three, it would make me take a look. Not because I value their opinion so highly, but because they were outsiders who united behind a relative unknown.

    For McCain, Rudy and Mitt, they are known. I can do my own research on which one I want. The opinion of my friends has more weight than someone I don’t know. For those who aren’t paying attention and find the endorsements a viable guidepost, that’s their problem.

  3. James Joyner says:

    Yeah, I’m not a big fan of endorsements, either, although they likely matter to marginal voters. The defection of a semi-big name politician from one camp to another is somewhat noteworthy, though.

  4. Mark says:

    Is it really a defection? In 2000 Rudy was not running for anything, so King went with McCain. Now that Rudy is running, King is going with his hometown guy.

  5. McGehee says:

    I’m sorry, but I just don’t see endorsements as being that big of deal at this level.

    Or at this time.

    And OT: James, that outfit that does the pop-up previews has an option to let readers turn it off in their browsers. I would really like to use that option.

  6. I find the SNAP pop ups incredibly annoying. If there is a way to turn them off, that would be real nice.


    McCain was running for the republican nomination for president in 2000. Depending on who you talk to, he almost pulled it off. It was in all the papers.