LEAD: Signaling President Bush's unusually strong support for Rudolph W. Giuliani's mayoral campaign, three Cabinet secretaries and the President's chief of staff will be the main attractions at Giuliani fund-raisers in the next week.
Signaling President Bush's unusually strong support for Rudolph W. Giuliani's mayoral campaign, three Cabinet secretaries and the President's chief of staff will be the main attractions at Giuliani fund-raisers in the next week.
Local Republicans could not recall a more intense effort by a national Republican administration for a New York City Republican candidate.
The President himself or his wife, Barbara, may return to New York or make a private address via closed-circuit television to help Mr. Giuliani in the final days of the mayoral campaign if Bush aides determine the race is close enough to risk some of the President's political capital.
Lots of Possibilities
"There are all sorts of possibilities if the polls are close," said Peter J. Powers, the Giuliani campaign manager.
Conspicuously absent from the Giuliani campaign list are the state's leading Republicans, Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato and State Comptroller Edward V. Regan. Neither has been asked, Giuliani aides said, because of doubts about their voter appeal. Both have been criticized for their fund-raising tactics.
Republican candidates for mayor of New York City are usually left in the lurch by national and even state Republicans because there has not been a Republican winner in those campaigns in 24 years.
"I think they see something special," said J. Patrick Barrett, the Republican state chairman and a fund-raiser for the President. "Rudy has really caught fire."
'An American Hero'
The financial potency of President Bush was evident in the latest Giuliani financial report, which is to be filed Friday. The Giuliani campaign treasurer, John H. Gross, said the report would show more than $1.25 million in contributions in the last 20 days, with almost all the money coming from a fund-raiser Oct. 12 at which Mr. Bush enthusiastically praised Mr. Giuliani as "an American hero."
That figure compared with a sluggish $180,000 that Mr. Giuliani had raised in the previous reporting period.
Giuliani aides hope the four upcoming fund-raising events will raise at least $300,000.
His Democratic opponent, David N. Dinkins, has had few fund-raising problems. He will report almost $1.5 million in contributions for the latest period, his campaign manager, Bill Lynch, said. That would be more than double the $554,926 in contributions for the preceding period. Mr. Lynch acknowledged that Mr. Dinkins's main fiscal problem was keeping within the $3.6 million spending limit under the city's new campaign finance law.
While Mr. Giuliani is looking to Republican celebrities to raise money, Mr. Dinkins is scheduling appearances next week by prominent Democrats who would appeal to white voters.
They include Senators Bill Bradley of New Jersey and Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts and possibly Representative Joseph P. Kennedy 2d of Massachusetts and Mayors Richard M. Daley of Chicago and Raymond L. Flynn of Boston. Mr. Dinkins needs shoring up most, various polls show, among Irish- and Italian-American Catholic voters.
Another Mayor, Teddy Kollek of Jerusalem, is to have breakfast with Mr. Dinkins Sunday in a bid for undecided Jewish voters.
Gov. Michael S. Dukakis of Massachusetts, who won in the city and the state in the Presidential election last year, is scheduled to appeal to Greek-American voters at two fund-raisers and a rally sponsored by the Hellenic American Political Action Committee in Astoria, Queens, tomorrow evening. Mr. Dinkins will accompany him. Mr. Lynch said there were no plans yet for last-hour campaigning by the Rev. Jesse Jackson who, some Dinkins aides believe, could antagonize as many voters as he attracts. The black vote is considered solid for Mr. Dinkins.
Most of the Democratic and Republican appearances were scheduled before this week, when campaign aides on both sides, after the release of a Daily News-WABC-TV poll, agreed that the mayoral contest had become more competitive.
The Cabinet members scheduled to help beef up the Giuliani treasury are Transportation Secretary Samuel K. Skinner, the main attraction at a $1,000-a-person cocktail party tomorrow at the Parker Meridien Hotel; Housing Secretary Jack F. Kemp, at a $500-a-person breakfast Friday at the Waldorf-Astoria; Treasury Secretary Nicholas F. Brady, at a $3,000-a-person lunch Friday at the "21" Club, and John H. Sununu, the White House chief of staff, at a $1,000-a-person dinner Monday at the Plaza. Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole made an appearance last week for the campaign.
Yesterday, Mr. Giuliani, meeting with AIDS patients at a health-care center in Manhattan, echoed many themes advanced by advocates for those with acquired immune deficiency syndrome. He said that the city needed to provide a wider range of services for people suffering from the disease and that many patients who did not need extensive medical care remained in expensive hospital beds because there was no other place for them.