It Ain't Easy Feeling Sorry For Rudy

One New Yorker Remembers How the Mayor Responded to His Illness

Since their on-air battle, Hynes has extended his war with Giuliani onto the Internet and TV. In a lengthy complaint he left on the viewer's mailbox for NY1's Inside City Hall, Hynes began by asserting that Giuliani tried to dismiss him as a nobody. "Look, uh, you know, man, I am indeed from Queens, and my name is indeed John. I don't know where the mayor received his medical degree, but he misdiagnosed my condition. What he heard in my voice was one of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease, the occasional inability to speak. He mocked me after I told him I was sick."

While some speculate that Giuliani secretly does not really want to run and is sabotaging himself so he can drop out, Hynes envisions Giuliani self-destructing in an absurd political trap he has set for his nemesis. "I [would] call the mayor for a photo op for his senatorial campaign," he offers. "Rudy laugh[s] at me as I stride down a Manhattan street looking well and suddenly freeze and need my wheelchair.

"We could do an ad showing me falling in front of a subway train while the mayor rolls on the platform in uncontrollable laughter. I need not be the star in this ad. How about a three-part ad? In Part One, city attorneys whoop it up in court after winning the right to take home health attendants out of the homes of people with Alzheimer's. In Part Two, an elderly woman dies of a heart attack, or maybe in a fire, because she is unaware of the 911 alert button that was hung around her neck in place of the aide. Part Three shows a smiling Mayor Giuliani the next day leading and chairing the annual Alzheimer's Walk. The possibilities are endless."


Additional reporting: Danielle Douglas

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