What Made Giuliani Jump Ship

It was a bombshell fit for a snappy tabloid headline: "Rudy to GOP: Drop Dead." On Oct. 24, New York City's Republican Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani stunned Gotham with an unpardonable act among party stalwarts: He endorsed a Democrat for governor over Republican George Pataki. Not just any Democrat, mind you, but the nemesis of conservatives everywhere: unrepentant liberal Mario M. Cuomo, who is locked in a tough struggle for a fourth term.

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