Giuliani Conservative? My aunt fanny!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Giuliani Conservative? My aunt fanny!

Which is as polite a way as I know to say in an OtBB header, "My ass!"

This past week's most offensive effront to my U.S.P.S. mailbox has to be the giant postcard from the George Demos campaign featuring that Leroy Lockhorn-looking, Republican-in-name-only Rudy Giuliani attesting to Demos' Conservative credentials when he cannot even attest to his own.

In the 1989 general election for Mayor of New York City, Giuliani ran as the fusion candidate of both the Republican and Liberal Parties. Conservative Party leaders, unhappy with Giuliani on ideological grounds1, withheld support from Giuliani and instead ran Ronald Lauder.

In his 1993 and 1997 Mayoral campaigns, Giuliani both times had the Liberal line, but not the Conservative one!

Excerpt from Demos mailer

Others Rudy has called his friend include include Bernie Kerik, Russell Harding and Richard Roberts.

If Demos is seeking endorsements from a Democratic-turned-Independent-turned-Republican like Giuliani, his 2014 primary campaign will be shorter than his 2012 one!

Demos and Giuliani

It also casts Demos' decision-making abilities in a poor light.

And while I'm excoriating Rudy...

...here's two other views of the little worm:

From his mother, Helen D'Avanzo Giuliani2 (1909–2002) on her son's change of registration in 1980:

"He only became a Republican after he began to get all these jobs from them. He's definitely not a conser­va­tive Republican. He thinks he is, but he isn't."

From columnist Jimmy Breslin3:

"A small man in search of a balcony."

...which forever in my minds has identified Giuliani with Benito Mussolini.

More locally, John W. McCluskey called Giuliani a "sleazy bullying low-life."

Notes
  1. Cited were the Liberal Party's endorsement statement that Giuliani "agreed with the Liberal Party's views on affirmative action, gay rights, gun control, school prayer and tuition tax credits."
  2. Quoted by Wayne Barrett, "Rudy!: An Investigative Biography Of Rudy Giuliani." The Nation, May 30, 2002
  3. Preface to "America's Mayor: The Hidden History of Rudy Giuliani's New York"

Comments

1. Paramarine said...

It's difficult to overcome the short memory of the average citizen, and yet more difficult when the average citizen was never paying attention from the outset.

You, sir, are wise beyond your years.

One of my favorite films of the new Millennium is David Mamet's "Spartan" in which, when a body is reportedly found and identified, a character wonders "how you fake the DNA" of the girl he knows is actually alive?

The answer: "You don't fake the DNA. You issue a press release."
Dean

2. Peter Sivere said...

Rudy Giuliani Endorsement:

Jeez, Peter... speaking of "sleaze factor," you've got Eliot Spitzer in on this as well, eh?

Now take a shower and get back to work....
– Dean

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