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A SHORT CAMPAIGN

Kenny Kramer, the quirky inspiration for the "Seinfeld" character who bears his surname, made an ugly discovery this summer: Politics is too much like work.

That realization ended his short-but-silly campaign for mayor of New York, despite his collecting thousands of signatures on petitions since jumping into the race in May.

"I finally realized that when I was standing in the sun, asking people to sign my petitions, I could be out on the golf course," said Kramer, 53. "Being a guy who requires lots of leisure time, that's no good."

Kramer endorsed incumbent Mayor Rudolph Giuliani: "He's an honest man doing a good job."

"Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David spent 10 years living across the hall from the real Kramer in a Manhattan apartment building. The mayoral race was just the real Kramer's latest shameless attempt to cash in on the "Seinfeld" phenomenon; he's still running a tour of New York landmarks mentioned on the top-rated television show.

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