Archive for the ‘Rudy Giuliani’ Category

Giuliani Set To Endorse McCain

January 29, 2008

John McCain and Rudy GiulianiUnconfirmed conversations are going on between the John McCain and Rudy Giuliani campaigns. It’s very likely that Giuliani will drop out of the race after a very pathetic and disappointing third or fourth place finish. Florida was Rudy’s firewall, after all. He has experienced a very predictable firebreak. The more people learn about the guy, the less they like him.

But here’s the developing news as reported by Time:

SOURCES: Giuliani expected to endorse McCain, as early as Wednesday – in Los Angeles or Simi Valley.

Now that the Sunshine has set, two old friends come to an understanding.

McCain topper Rick Davis has quietly moved an agreement to near final.

Developing……

The big questions are: will Rudy campaign for McCain as well as endorsing him? And will that hurt or help him?

Update: Related: Silky Pony saddles up and rides off into the sunset.

— Psycheout

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Rudy Giuliani Sinking in Florida Swamps

January 11, 2008

Rudy Giuliani Stress TestRudy Giuliani has abandoned state after state when he has seen his poll numbers fall. He has drawn a line in the sand in Florida, where he is spending his remaining campaign funds. Money is so tight that his campaign staff isn’t even being paid anymore. Now it appears that that line may have been drawn in quicksand. John McCain has overtaken Giuliani in Florida!

  • John McCain 27% (10%)
  • Rudy Giuliani 19% (29%)
  • Mitt Romney 17% (20%)
  • Mike Huckabee 17% (24%)
  • Fred Thompson 8% (8%)
  • Ron Paul 5% (-)

SurveyUSA summarizes the poll this way:

Suddenly, NH Win Slingshots McCain Past Giuliani in Florida Republican Primary: Rudolph Giuliani, who had led in a Florida Republican Primary by as many as 14 points in previous SurveyUSA tracking polls, today trails John McCain by 8 points, fighting with Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney to hold onto 2nd place, 3 days after McCain won the New Hampshire Primary.

What an incredible reversal of fortune! A McCain surge in Florida. This will be a race to remember.

Hat Tip: Race 4 2008.

Update: Giuliani’s national finance chair, Roy Bailey, co-founding partner of Giuliani’s consulting firm is no longer being paid either.  Why?  He bailed.  He’s no longer working for Rudy, the sinking ship.
— Psycheout

Rudy Giuliani: All Over But the Shouting?

December 18, 2007

Rudy GiulianiOnce viewed by many as the inevitable nominee, Rudy Giuliani’s star seems to be falling.  He is all but abandoning the early primary states.  He could still make a comeback, maybe, but will he?

These are tough times for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

First the good news (for Rudy):

He’s still the leading Republican presidential candidate in national polls, but only by two percentage points over former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee….

Then the bad news (again, for Rudy):

And in early-voting states, Giuliani’s sinking fast. He’s a distant third in Iowa, a closer third in New Hampshire and has sunk to fourth in South Carolina, according to recent polls. With Iowa’s first-to-vote caucuses on Jan. 3 and New Hampshire’s primary five days later, Giuliani’s campaign appears to be sliding.

But this is good news for the Republican party.  As the poison pill nominee, Rudy would cause the GOP to implode.  Social conservatives and evangelicals would flee in terror, choosing to either vote third party or not at all.  And who knows if they’d ever return.

Giuliani’s failure may actually be the Republican party’s success, if it is to survive as a coalition.  America’s Mayor is not going to become America’s President.

— Psycheout

Grover Likes Rude Rudy

December 4, 2007

Hi!  May I drown you in the bathtub?Apparently Grover Norquist’s got enough of a manly crush on Rudy Giuliani to overlook the tiny fact that he refused to sign the no tax increase pledge. After all, Rudy may have some extracurricular ways to spend tax monies for his own, er, benefit. Interesting. So what’s really going on here? In Grover’s words:

In looking at the records of all the Republican candidates, yours clearly stands out.

Clearly. Perhaps I can think of some other records for Grover to check out. They clearly stand out as well. Perhaps I can help make them stand out a little more for you.

See also: The sordid Rudy files at B4C and B4B. It’ll make your head spin.

Upon reflection:  Maybe I’m not being fair to Grover.  His primary concern is shrinking government down to the size where it can be drowned in the bathtub.  That’s great!  But he apparently doesn’t care how it gets there.  That’s bad.

I guess Rudy hiring cronies and spending taxpayer money for hizzoner’s own benefit is just fine with Grover, as long as that drowning eventually takes place.  Ends justify the means….

— Psycheout

JudyGate Deepens

November 29, 2007

Giuliani ConcernedAs I suspected, there’s more to alleged misuse of funds story than at first reported. The question is, what more is there that we have yet to find out? Unfortunately, I cannot predict future revelations. But the least I can do is to bring the story up to date.

First of all, the “JudyGate” label doesn’t really get at the heart of the issue. This is not so much about the affair, which most people who have been paying attention were already aware of. The core issue is the misuse of taxpayer money to maintain, hide and service an ongoing adulterous affair. While cheating on a spouse and engaging in adultery is bad enough, it’s the diversion of public funds for frivolous personal use that’s the problem here. Put more simply, it’s the money, stupid.

Well before it was publicly known he was seeing her, then-married New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided a police driver and city car for his mistress Judith Nathan, former senior city officials tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com.

“She used the PD as her personal taxi service,” said one former city official who worked for Giuliani.

Does that sound appropriate to you? Is that good judgement? Is that the correct use of public funds? The correct answer is no.

The former officials told ABCNews.com the extra costs involved overtime and per diem costs for officers traveling with Giuliani to secret weekend rendezvous with Nathan in the fashionable Hamptons resort area on Long Island.

Sorry, we can’t tell you about it; it’s secret.

“The Comptroller’s Office made repeated requests for the information in 2001 and 2002 but was informed that due to security concerns the information could not be provided,” a spokesperson for the comptroller’s office said.

Rudy and Judy GiulianiIf these allegations are true, and it really looks like they are, it would be very unwise to give this unprincipled and egomaniacal man access to Federal funds and The White House. He clearly has either intentionally misused city funds or let it happen on purpose.

Rudy’s excuses to date, including that he had nothing to do with the accounting, doesn’t wash and doesn’t really matter one whit. I don’t care if he didn’t fill out the paperwork himself. But as an executive, he is ultimately responsible for what those working under him do. It seems that as far as misuse of funds for his own benefit and that of his mistress, Rudy just didn’t care.

Considering that this security detail for his mistress stopped for a short time when first reported in the press and then quietly restarted months later demonstrates that someone knew that it was wrong. And the responsibility for that lies with America’s Mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, alone.

Sorry Rudy. I cannot trust you. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won’t get fooled again.

For more information, check out Hot Air and Politico‘s coverage.

See also: A profile of Judith Giuliani, former mistress and current wife #3.

Update: Drip, drip, drip. NYPD Chief Casts Doubt on Giuliani Expense Story. Clarification: doubt is being cast on Giuliani’s “nothing to see here” story. Rudy’s new strategy for dealing with questions about this?

In South Carolina today, Giuliani declined to offer any further explanation, saying, “We’ve already explained it.”

Yeah, right. It’s old news now. Time to move on (to the next scandal). Hopefully bloggers and the press won’t let Rudy shake them off the trail that easily.

Update 2: And still there’s more.  City taxpayers picked up tab for Judith Giuliani’s visit to kin in Pennsylvania.

In the fall of 2001, city cops chauffeured Rudy Giuliani’s then-mistress, Judith Nathan, to her parents’ Pennsylvania home 130 miles away on the taxpayers’ dime.

But don’t worry about it.  Rudy “already explained it.”  Just get over it already, you darn rubberneckers.  It was a pre-debate smear.  It doesn’t matter.  Pay no mind to the man behind the curtain.  Hey, look over there!

— Psycheout

Giuliani Using Taxpayer Funds for Fun with Mistress?

November 28, 2007

Rudy and JudyI just heard about this story when I tuned into CNN for tonight’s CNN-YouTube debate. If true, I’d say it’s time to cook Rudy’s goose. It’s a question of trust. If he was lying to cover up his affair and using taxpayer funds to party with his mistress as Mayor, how on Earth can this guy be trusted to be President?

Politico has the story for now. So go read it for the details. Here’s a taste:

As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.

Hmmm.

At the time, the mayor’s office refused to explain the accounting to city auditors, citing “security.”

Uh huh. Sure. Rudy Giuliani corrupt? It’s not like he’s hung out with criminals like Bernard Kerik or crack cocaine dealers. Oh, oops. Regarding this current issue, I will update this post as more information becomes available.

I smell a scandal. Hopefully rude Rudy will be forced to account for this during the debate which begins in just over an hour. Stay tuned.

Ugh. Apparently the questions have already been selected, so this issue may not even be addressed, unless one of the other candidates bring it up. Lucky for you Rudy. But your luck may have just run out.

See also: The discussion over at the always interesting Race 4 2008.

Update: Rudy Giuliani was actually asked about this story in tonight’s debate, if it was true and if it was appropriate. Rudy basically said no, it’s not true, that he had nothing to do with the recordkeeping and that he was sure everything was appropriate. I suspect there’s more to this story that we will hear in the coming days.

Update 2: More Carpetbagging.

Update 3: I’m not sure that I trust the source, but if true, this story should certainly get some attention: Rudy’s Ties To a Terror Sheikh.

Giuliani’s business contracts tie him to the man who let 9/11’s mastermind escape the FBI

You’ll have to use your own judgement on this one, until and unless other sources pick it up and verify or refute it….

Update 4: Uh oh, Rudy.  The Wall Street Journal confirmed Update 3 earlier this month: Giuliani Firm’s Qatar Contract.  How did I miss this?  I blame myself.

— Psycheout

Headline of the Day

November 20, 2007

Barf BagI really can’t write about this one right now as I’ve just eaten, but this just has to be today’s vomit inducing headline of the day. Otherwise I may not survive the day. You may want to do as I’ve done and skip this article until later, if ever.

Get ready. Here it comes…

Young Voters Dig Giuliani’s Moderate Views

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Yeah man, that’s really groovy. Totally heavy. I’m really hip to that one, daddy-o. I really — BLEARGH!

If you’re new here and don’t understand why that should completely turn your stomach, may I suggest you read some recent stories about this pompous jackass?

— Psycheout

Rudy Giuliani: Fox News Candidate?

November 15, 2007

Judith ReganCuriouser and curiouser. I recently wrote a post about the cozy Giuliani-Kerik connection, where I mentioned the ground zero lovenest where Bernie Kerik and Judith Regan frequently met during the 9/11 cleanup in New York. Now Judith Regan is talking, and if what she says is true, it’s explosive.

Publisher Judith Regan is a former Fox News employee. And she is alleging that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, which owns Fox News, favors Rudolph Giuliani for the GOP nomination. It would seem that Murdoch also is partial to Hillary Clinton. He held a fundraiser for her after all. So it would also seem that he is playing both sides. Crafty old Australian, isn’t he?

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Profile: Judy Giuliani

November 13, 2007

Rudy and Judy GiulianiI know what you’re thinking: Rudy & Judy? Isn’t that like Punch & Judy? Well, yes. Perhaps in more ways than one. When America elects a President, they also elect a First Lady. Does Judy (who now apparently prefers to be called Judith) measure up to great First Ladies of the past, luminaries such as Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush or even Laura Bush? You be the judge.

She has variously been called a “harpy,” a tiara-wearing “princess bride” and “a particularly unpleasant combination of Catherine the Great and Britney Spears.”

Ouch. That’s not good. Wasn’t there a story about Catherine the Great and a horse? Hmmm. I digress.

Republican presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani and his handlers always knew they would have a delicate task peddling the charms of his mistress-turned-wife given the scandalous and sensationalized origins of their relationship.

Oh, that’s right. I forgot about that adultery and mistress thing. Ouch.

For starters, there was the revelation that Mrs. Giuliani had been married not once but twice before (just like Mr. Giuliani himself.)

That’s six marriages between the two of them. Talk about family values! In fact neither Rudy’s son, nor his daughter from a previous marriage are supporting his campaign!

Then there was the news that in her job selling medical equipment, she used to demonstrate a surgical stapler on dogs who were later put to death.

Oh my G-d. That’s horrible. This is even worse than Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton‘s treatment of animals. Can you imagine using a surgical stapler on a live dog just to hawk surgical equipment? What a monster! If she’d do that to a dog, what would she do the American people?

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Giuliani Cronyism: Bernard Kerik

November 12, 2007

Giuliani and Kerik - UnseperableRudy Giuliani, a liberal in Republican clothing, has promised that, as President, he will appoint strict constructionist judges. Although he is pro-abortion, pro-gun, anti-gay and has questionable family values, he winks and says trust me, I’m a 9/11 hero. Not so fast. Let’s take a look at the kind of person he can be expected to appoint. It’s a c-word all right, but it’s not “constructionist.” It’s “crony.”

A year before the 9/11 attacks, Rudy Giuliani appointed his pal Bernard Kerik to the coveted position of New York City Police Commissioner. The mayor’s cabinet was shocked, with half of them being against this unmerited gift. You see, the possession of a college degree was required for this position. But that wasn’t necessary for Giuliani’s little crony. It seems that having served as Rudy’s bodyguard and driver was enough to become Police Commissioner. Heck, that might even make him overqualified to oversee more than 40,000 officers and a 3.2 billion dollar budget.

Kerik served with distinction during 9/11. He even had time to set himself up a cozy little love nest, conveniently located right next to ground zero. Partying it up with Judith Regan and other girlfriends right next to where the terrorists had opened a gaping wound upon America. A man of compassion, or is it passion? Good judgement or bad? Tasteless to be sure.

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