Four months after calling him an unparalleled flip-flopper, Giuliani endorses Romney

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Former mayor Rudy Giuliani officially endorsed Mitt Romney this morning.

The endorsement, which had been publicly predicted by the leader of Romney's New York effort, comes shortly before the New York primary, but, notably, long after the G.O.P. nomination was in any doubt.

“When I look at where we are as a nation and the challenges we face, I am convinced that Mitt Romney will provide a clear contrast to President Obama,” said Giuliani in a release sent by the Romney campaign.

Giuliani, who ran for president in 2008, touted Romney's success as a turn-around specialist.

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“Whether it was creating jobs in business, rescuing the Olympics, or turning around Massachusetts’ $3 billion budget deficit, he has proved, time and again, that he excels at turning around difficult situations," he said.

Romney, in turn, praised Giuliani as "a distinguished leader and public servant to our country," and said that his name "is synonymous with leadership, uniting a city in the aftermath of the worst terrorist attack in our nation’s history."

As recently as December, Giuliani was skewering Romney as an inveterate flip-flopper.

“I ran against him in ‘07 and ‘08, I’ve never seen a guy change his position so many times, so fast, on a dime,” Giuliani said on "Morning Joe."

Giuliani's endorsement comes on the same morning that the New York Times' editorial page offered its own grudging endorsement of Romney, saying Republican voters "could have done a lot worse."

The notoriously liberal editorial board said there wasn't much of a choice to be made, describing Newt Gingrich as "a right-wing zealot who wants to give minority children jobs as school janitors to show there is an alternative to being a pimp or a drug dealer," Ron Paul as "a presidential never-was since the 1980s, offers the usual libertarian litany of agencies he would close, and some disturbing racial views," and Rick Santorum as "the most sincere representative of the extremist forces who have killed any expression of Republican moderation."

So, Romney it is.