BY DAVID SALTONSTALL
DAILY NEWS SENIOR CORRESPONDENT
Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani took two big steps toward a possible White House run yesterday - he hired a top financial whiz from President Bush's team, then announced plans to host his own presidential fund-raiser.
Giuliani's newly minted presidential exploratory committee will hold its first event Dec. 19 in Manhattan, where supporters will pay $2,100 apiece to break bread with Giuliani and Home Depot founder Ken Langone.
But the more significant development was Giuliani's successful hiring of Sandra Pack, 58, a campaign veteran who was chief financial officer for Bush's 2004 campaign, as well as Bush's treasury director in 2000.
"She's a seasoned pro bringing with her years of political experience," said top Giuliani advisor Anthony Carbonetti.