How does Rudy Giuliani go from being the presumptive Republican frontrunner in the 2008 presidential race to sitting on the sidelines in just a few short months? Stories like these certainly can’t help. Here’s the year in Wayne Barrett’s Rudy reporting with a politico.com story thrown in for good measure.
“The Yankees’ Clean-Up Man” – May 8th, 2007
The greatest love affair of Rudy Giuliani’s life has become a sordid scandal.
His monogamous embrace of the Yankees as mayor was so fervent that when he tried to deliver a West Side stadium to them early in his administration, or approved a last-minute $400 million subsidy for their new Bronx stadium, New Yorkers blithely ascribed the bad deals to a heaving heart.
It turns out he also had an outstretched hand.
“Diamonds are Forever” – May 15th, 2007
Down in Huntsville, Alabama, last week, Rudy Giuliani was forced to answer questions about the gaudy World Series rings he’s been wearing on the presidential campaign trail. “I paid precisely what anyone else would pay,” he insisted, adding that he didn’t get any of them until after he left office. He was responding to a Voice story.
“Rudy Campaigns as a Catholic But He’s on the Outs with God” – June 26th, 2007
When Pope Benedict XVI attacked Catholic politicians in Mexico who supported abortion rights last month, Rudy Giuliani was asked for his opinion. The presidential candidate replied in the language of the church: “Issues like that are for me and my confessor. I’m a Catholic, and that’s the way I resolve those issues, personally and privately.”
“Rudy Adopts New Shtick” – July 10th, 2007
Last week, Rudy Giuliani made a pilgrimage to Pat Robertson’s Regent University in Virginia to deliver his one-note anti-terrorism stump speech, and was welcomed by thousands of clapping Christians. Judy Woodruff said on Meet the Press that Robertson had endorsed Giuliani, but, in fact, when Robertson introduced him, the praise fell a few calculated phrases shy of a formal endorsement, apparently to protect the tax-exempt status of Robertson’s vast empire.
“Rudy Giuliani’s Five Big Lies About 9/11” – August 7th, 2007
Nearly six years after 9/11, Rudy Giuliani is still walking through the canyons of lower Manhattan, covered in soot, pointing north, and leading the nation out of danger’s way. The Republican frontrunner is campaigning for president by evoking that visual at every campaign stop, and he apparently believes it’s a picture worth thousands of nights in the White House.
“Rudy’s Very Public Displays of Disaffection” – August 14th, 2007
When it was revealed last week that Rudy Giuliani’s 17-year-old daughter, Caroline, had described herself as a member of “One Million Strong for Barack” in a Facebook profile, a family spokeswoman quickly issued a statement claiming that the posting was merely “an expression of interest in certain principles,” not an endorsement of Obama. After she grew up for eight years in the Giuliani war zone that was Gracie Mansion, it’s hardly surprising that Harvard-bound Caroline might now be interested in another presidential candidate’s “principles.” The question is: Should we be interested in any of this family intrigue?
“Rudy’s Pants On Fire” – October 23rd, 2007
In a recent broadside deriding the Clinton administration’s response to Al Qaeda, Rudy Giuliani told an audience at Pat Robertson’s Regent University: “Bin Laden declared war on us. We didn’t hear it. I thought it was pretty clear at the time, but a lot of people didn’t see it, couldn’t see it.” Other tenets of his standard stump speech include the assertion that he’s been “studying terrorism” for more than 30 years, and that “the thing that distinguishes me on terrorism is that I have more experience in dealing with it” than the other presidential candidates.
“How Michael Mukasey and Bernie Kerik are Haunting Rudy’s Run” – October 30th, 2007
The Democrats who questioned attorney general nominee Michael Mukasey at his recent Senate confirmation hearing outdid one another in a frustrating effort to get the former judge to assert his independence from the Bush White House. With his predecessor, Bush pal Alberto Gonzales, finally forced from office, the senators were hoping for a nominee with fewer complicating relationships.
“Rudy’s Ties to a Terror Sheikh” November 27th, 2007
Three weeks after 9/11, when the roar of fighter jets still haunted the city’s skyline, the emir of gas-rich Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifah al-Thani, toured Ground Zero. Although a member of the emir’s own royal family had harbored the man who would later be identified as the mastermind of the attack—a man named Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, often referred to in intelligence circles by his initials, KSM—al-Thani rushed to New York in its aftermath, offering to make a $3 million donation, principally to the families of its victims. Rudy Giuliani, apparently unaware of what the FBI and CIA had long known about Qatari links to Al Qaeda, appeared on CNN with al-Thani that night and vouched for the emir when Larry King asked the mayor: “You are a friend of his, are you not?”
“Giuliani Billed Obscure Agencies for Trips” From Politico on November 28th:
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.
The documents, obtained by Politico under New York’s Freedom of Information Law, show that the mayoral costs had nothing to do with the functions of the little-known city offices that defrayed his tabs, including agencies responsible for regulating loft apartments, aiding the disabled and providing lawyers for indigent defendants.
“Giuliani’s Immigration Problem” – January 15th, 2008
With second-tier finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire ending his year-long frontrunner status, America’s Mayor is looking more and more like America’s Loser. But polls in Florida and the breakthrough states of Super Tuesday, as well as the split decision in the first two Republican primaries, give Rudy Giuliani a still-plausible chance on the road to this summer’s convention. Hope, as Barack Obama would put it, is his only option.