2008 Rudy Giuliani Loves The Ladies, Bills It to the Handicapped
posted by November 29 at 13:02 PMon
Posted by Ryan S. Jackson
Before last night’s debate, a lot of questions were being asked about whether someone would try to shank Rudy Giuliani with a request for comment on his mayoral billing improprieties during his affair with then extra-marital girlfriend Judith Nathan.
On its face, this scandal seems a little bit old news: as Josh Marshall notes, Vanity Fair ran a fairly detailed article on Rudy’s trysts in the Hamptons. The real question is, going back to Marshall’s post, did Rudy try to bury the expenses for these getaways by billing them to obscure NYC government programs? And more importantly, did he really try to hide them in a fund for people with disabilities?
Harking back to an August Village Voice expose about Rudy’s chest-beating 9/11 persona, Talking Points Memo is now raising speculation that there might even be a new angle to the previous reports of Giuliani’s make-out time in the World Trade Center emergency command center. Marshall claims that there is a supposition among city officials that Giuliani might have chosen the location of his new emergency command center because of its easy availability as a rendezvous point for the ill-fated lovers.
The implication? Rudy chose a known terrorist target for the hub of his emergency response operations because it made it easier for him to carry out his affair.
Giuliani is desperately trying to assuage the critics of his personal life by repeatedly noting what an anti-terrorism hardliner he is. But it seems that he may have let his personal life contribute to the chaos on 9/11, one of the biggest terrorist-engineered tragedies in American history.