GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Smith announced today that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has endorsed his campaign. Giuliani, who competed in the 2008 Republican presidential primary, cited Smith’s pro-business focus when making his endorsement.
“As New York City Mayor, I knew that bland strokes and generic ideas weren’t going to fix our great city’s problems. The same goes for New Hampshire and every other state in the country facing serious economic concerns,” said Giuliani in a statement released by Smith’s campaign, “More than anyone else, Kevin Smith is the candidate who is offering real solutions to address these challenges and will move New Hampshire forward.”
Giuliani continued, “Not unlike my efforts as Mayor, Kevin understands that if you want to attract new employers and help existing companies to grow, lowering business taxes is the best way to do it. In the end, you will spur economic growth and broaden your tax base at the same time.”
“The time for posturing is over,” Giuliani said. “I’ve known Kevin over the past several years, and he has the ideas and the drive to win and get things done in the corner office. To turn government around – whether a city or a state – you need to be bold, you need to be decisive, and you need to have a plan. Kevin is dynamic and has the fortitude to lead New Hampshire toward greater prosperity, and I’m proud to support him for governor.”
For his part, Smith released the following statement:
“I couldn’t be more honored than to have the endorsement of a proven leader who knows how to make the difficult decisions necessary to achieve the desired outcomes. Mayor Giuliani led New York out of economic stagnation and cleaned up the streets. I admire him, because he’s a fixer. Through his decisive and swift actions, he made New York City a better place to live and to do business. I look forward to his guidance as we move forward in this race for real leadership in New Hampshire’s corner office.”
Giuliani’s endorsement adds a big name to Smith’s roster, although some Granite State Republican insiders question how helpful the support of a known moderate like the former Mayor will be in a primary election, where Smith is facing Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne. The impact of Giuliani’s support will likely depend on the number of moderate Republicans and Independents that turn out to vote in the September primary, insiders tell NH Journal.