rolling with rudy
You can officially count former Mayor Rudy Giuliuani among President Barack Obama’s critics over his controversial handling of last month’s attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. At a fundraiser for GOP congressional hopeful Dan Halloran earlier this week, Mr. Giuliani simply unloaded on the Obama administration’s “cover-up” of the incident’s terrorist roots, which he described as a “bunch of lies” based on Mr. Obama’s political calculations and “fantasy world” delusions.
“This was a ‘terrorist attack,’” Mr. Giuliani said. “The president has hard time saying those words. He has a hard time saying those words because he lives in a fantasy world. The fantasy world he lives in is that Islamic extremist terrorism, even if it exists, shouldn’t be acknowledged. We pretend they’re not at war with us; we’re certainly not at war with them.”
Looks like Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the other skeptics were right–Rudy Giuliani says he has no plans to run for mayor again. We reached out to Mr. Giuliani’s office this morning after New York Post columnist Cindy Adams described “an unconfirmed—also, so far undenied—rumor” the former mayor had his eye on his old job that she said was “swirling around martinis faster than the olive.” Perhaps the people swirling that rumor might want to put down their martinis, because a spokeswoman from Mr. Giuliani’s office just called Politicker to shoot it down.
“He’s not running for mayor,” she said unequivocally.
This morning, the New York Post floated the idea of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani making yet another bid for Gracie Mansion, which few politicos in New York City took seriously. Well, you can count current Mayor Michael Bloomberg among the skeptics.
“Knowing Rudy, I think at this point in his life, I’d be shocked if he wanted to come back, but you can ask him,” Mr. Bloomberg told us during a press conference announcing a new media center in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
Mr. Bloomberg also said, while he thinks it would be too late for Mr. Giuliani to run in next year’s race, he’d welcome Mr. Giuliani into the 2017 mayoral campaign.
The insta-verdict espoused almost universally by political pundits after last night’s presidential debate is that Mr. Romney emerged with a victory over President Barack Obama. Rather predictably, Mr. Romney’s fellow Republicans from the tri-state area, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, agreed with this assessment. Shortly after the debate, the Romney campaign distributed statements from Messrs. Giuliani and Christie in which they called the evening a “clear” victory for Mr. Romney.
I'm on a boat!
Two days ago, Congressman Michael Grimm wrote a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation urging them to name one of their three new Staten Island Ferry boats after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Mr. Giuliani is quite excited about the proposal.
At a press conference this afternoon condemning anti-gay attacks against Councilman Eric Ulrich in his GOP primary for a Queens State Senate seat, Mr. Giuliani and the four Republican Council members present remained fairly subdued and quiet. However, when Politicker asked Mr. Giuliani about the potential plan for Staten Islanders to take the Rudolph W. Giuliani in their daily commutes, the atmosphere became jubilant.
rudy to the rescue
Later this afternoon, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be holding a press conference on the steps of City Hall to specifically condemn a controversial campaign advertisement sent out in the Republican primary for a Queens State Senate seat.
The mailer, produced by attorney Juan Reyes’s campaign, accused his GOP rival, Councilman Eric Ulrich, of being hypocritical on gay marriage because, among other things, he has dinner with an openly gay colleague on the City Council and has hired gay staffers in his government office. New York State, of course, has a statute that would forbid this type of discrimination in hiring.
There are three new vessels being commissioned for the Staten Island Ferry fleet, and Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm would very much like one of the boats to be named after former Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Thus, on the eve of the September 11th attacks, he wrote a letter to the New York City Department of Transportation urging this outcome.
rolling with rudy
Congressman Bob Turner certainly isn’t done showcasing his endorsement from former Mayor Rudy Giulaini as he seeks the Republican nomination to battle Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the fall.
“Bob Turner is a businessman and a patriotic New Yorker,” Mr. Giuliani declared in a radio ad released by Mr. Turner’s campaign this morning. “He’s fed up with what’s going on in Washington. And he’s running to help get our economy moving again. Bob Turner knows how to create jobs. He’s been creating them all his life.”
In the same interview with Fred Dicker where Bob Turner announced that he was relying on “The Pataki Strategy” of running up big numbers in New York City –boosted by his superior name recognition–to oust a Democrat in a statewide election, and where he hinted about a soon-to-be-forthcoming endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, he also said that he and his opponents in the GOP Senate primary ”are not taking shots at each other.”
As we pointed out, this isn’t really accurate, not with George Maragos comparing Mr. Turner to Barack Obama and accusing him of fomenting racial strife.
Now it appears that Wendy Long has joined the fray, with a point-by-point rebuttal of Mr. Turner’s interview with Mr. Dicker.
Did Bob Turner step on his own good news?
Today he was asked by Fred Dicker on his radio show if he had any upcoming surprises in his GOP Senate primary, like say an endorsement from Rudy Giuliani, and if there were such an endorsement forthcoming, would it even matter?
Yes, Mr. Turner said. Mr. Giuliani would make a difference. And yes, he added, there are some surprises in store.
Mr. Dicker pressed further, and low and behold, not a few hours later comes the following into The Politicker’s inbox.