Molinari on Giuliani for Governor (Yes), Mayor (No)

The speculation that Rudy Giuliani might try to run for governor in 2010 has one of his earliest supporters pretty excited.

“He’s going to be around again, hopefully as governor," said former Staten Island Borough President Guy Molinari. "It would be a good spot for him.”

While we were on the topic of Giuliani-based fantasy scenarios , I asked Molinari what he thought of the idea of the former mayor running for his old job in 2009. After all, the term limits law, which applies to consecutive terms, wouldn’t prevent him from mounting a new bid, and it’s not like the Republican field is crowded.

Molinari, who talked Giuliani into running for mayor back in 1988, had mixed feelings about the idea of a comeback.

“Well, I haven’t heard too much about that," he said. "I think it would be a tough race. Rudy’s record is a good record. But trying to elect a conservative Republican–almost a hopeless task. “

He added, “I think it would be a more difficult race now because crime is not a big issue.”