1:56 pm May. 23, 2012
After hinting at an endorsement on Fred Dicker's show this morning, Representative Bob Turner officially announced the support of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in a press release this afternoon.
"Bob Turner is the definition of a citizen legislator who took his lifelong business experience to Washington," Giuliani said in the statement.
"Now he is running for Senate for the same reason: to put our country back on a path toward job growth and prosperity. He is a proven winner and the only candidate who can defeat the nation's most liberal senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, in November. I urge my fellow Republicans to join me in supporting him."
Giuliani was one of more popular candidates rumored to be challenging Gillibrand in 2010—he aborted a short-lived bid for the same seat in 2000—but he doesn't appear ever to have genuinely considered it.
The statement today arrived twice, and the first one had a date of May 15, which suggests Turner's campaign has been sitting on it for a while.
Turner's two opponents, Wendy Long and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, both rolled out endorsements of their own today. Long was endorsed by the American Conservative Union and Maragos was endorsed by the Brooklyn Tea Party.