Rudy Giuliani went on the offensive today against Governor Paterson's proposal to legalize gay marriage in one of the most blatant signals thus far that he is eying a run for governor next year. "This will create a grass-roots movement....This is something that will bring a lot of people to the Republican Party because it’s such a basic challenge to what people believe is the way society should be organized." Giuliani is in Albany to address a fund-raising gala tonight and said he will decide on whether he will run by year's end. Giuliani is in favor civil unions, a position he pointed out is shared by President Obama and Hillary Clinton (though he also mentioned today that Obama is "doing all the wrong things.") Rudy said he thinks Paterson's gay marriage push is just a way to solidify a Democratic base, but will alienate him from most New Yorkers. He said, "I think he's worried and, given his [low polling] numbers, it wouldn't be normal if he wasn't worried about a primary challenge from, I guess, Cuomo. But somebody else could also come out of anywhere with numbers like that."