Rudy S. Giuliani has decided to take a pass on challenging Democratic Sen. Tony Avella, telling me in a brief phone interview this afternoon that “it just didn’t feel like the right time.”

The 28-year-old second cousin of former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he was “flattered, humbled even” to be asked to run by the Senate GOP, and surprised by the encouragement he received.

After much consideration and discussion with his family, however, he decided that this isn’t his year – in part because he hasn’t had sufficient time to put together the kind of campaign he want to run some day. (And, having worked on several – including his uncle’s failed presidential bid in 2008 – he has a pretty good idea of what an unsuccessful campaign might look like).

“I was concerned about the timing,” the younger Giuliani said. “It didn’t feel right, and my heart wasn’t 100 percent there yet. If i’m going to go through this, I want to be 100 percent sure.”

“…People told me: This is the year. But I never prepared for a run, never had a team assembled, and when we sat down – it’s doable, don’t get me wrong – but, especially with the attention my name is going to generate, I want to be 100 percent ready to go.”

“Senator Skelos was extremely nice, and offered to help any way he could. But I want to have my own team, my own money.”

Apparently, the Senate Republicans have been trying to get Rudy S. Giuliani to run for something for a while now. Sen. Marty Golden, in particular, brings it up quite a lot.

But, it sounded to me like the younger Giuliani, who is currently working for NYC Council Minority Leader Jimmy Oddo, might be mulling a run closer to home sometime in the not-so-distant future. He told me he really enjoys working at City Hall, adding: “I like city government; it’s what I know best. I’m happy now doing what I’m doing. That all factored in there as well.”

Former Sen. Frank Padavan, who was reportedly mulling a re-match against Avella, is also taking a pass. So it looks like the GOP is back to the drawing board on this race.