Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential machinations are getting more serious. He's planning a $2,100 per ticket fundraiser at the Marriott Marquis on December 19 and he's hired Dubya's CFO from his 2004 campaign.

Sandra Pack was Bush's treasury director in 2000 and had been working as an assistant secretary in the Treasury Department. The Daily News reports, "Experts surmised that a veteran like Pack would never give up a steady job and dedicate herself to Giuliani, a Republican, if she didn't think he was serious about a White House run."

The Politicker notes that former Mayor Ed Koch thinks that Giuliani will actually run as VP under John McCain. Which makes some sense, because Giuliani will never be embraced by the whole GOP, even with 9/11.

Painting of Rudy Giuliani by Zhou Tiehai; it was shown in the Whitney's American Effect exhibit in 2003