Where Is Rudy Guiliani

Where Is Rudy Giuliani?

There was a time, if one were handicapping who would be a future President, it would have been a good bet that the former New York Mayor would have been in, at least, the top five to make it to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Rudy is still known as America’s Mayor because the coattails he rightfully garnered during his stewardship of the 911 tragedy left a positive, indelible impression on New Yorkers and Americans as a whole. Giuliani seems to have fallen off the face of the earth… and there is no doubt that he is still out there making a ton of money from speaking engagements but Giuliani’s ambition for the Presidency seemed to have cooled. There are those who might blame the dying Presidential embers on the America’s Mayor turbulent personal life - let’s just say that the former New York Mayor is a lesser version of Newt Gingrich - but only from the North East.

Mayor Giuliani has an almost stellar governing record when he occupied GracieMansion (Mayor’s residence) and his governing legacy is still being felt here in New York. I first heard about Giuliani as a young man in California. My dad, perhaps because he was a police officer, used to laud the then young Giuliani, whose brilliant legal mind figured out how to prosecute the then Teflon New York mobsters under the Racketeering statutes. This was the era when it was rather difficult to garner successful prosecutions of the mobsters – but Giuliani did and blazed his way to the New York Mayor’s office.

I came to New York to attend school and when I came here initially, I hated it because among other gripes, my mother was afraid to ride the trains. However, when Giuliani took office, he cleaned up New York and ushered in the hundred of millions in revenues the Big Apple still make via the tourism industry. I have met the Mayor a few times because as a security guard, at what was then the second largest hospital (Brookdale), when an officer was shot in the line of duty and was brought to the hospital, the hospital security made it smooth for the dignitaries, including the mayor. Yet, just how I have given Mayor Giuliani his due and lauded him when it was warranted – so too I must address his negatives when he governed. I do not know how Mayor Giuliani feels about Blacks today, but back then… he came off as a stone-cold racist….

Two memories are etched in my mind about Mayor Giuliani’s dealings with Blacks residing in New York during his tenure: when the young prosecutor was running against New York’s first Black Mayor, Dinkins, there was a dispute between the incumbent Mayor and some of the police officers. Many New Yorkers watched, if I recalled correctly, a confrontation on the steps of the Mayor’s residence whereby Dinkins was repeatedly called a “nigger,” by some of the officers, while Giuliani was present. It is true that Mayor Giuliani did not engage in the racial epithet, but he did not chastise the officers either. And when officers shot an innocent African immigrant, Amadou Diallo, the indignity that Mayor Giuliani showed the visiting parents… who came to take their son’s body home for burial was despicable.

With all that said, Giuliani has had an excellent political career and with the current crop of candidates, it seems that he would make a formidable challenger in the Republican Primaries… but no one knows if his personal troubles have taken a toll or that he is enjoying the benisons of making speeches and the like. I would not vote for him because he is pro-choice, yet he seems more than qualified among the current candidates vying to take on President Obama in 2012.

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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

He is hiding under the rock he crawled out of in 1999. If you know this guy well, you would know that he is the son of all that is evil.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

I must remain objective and give the facts as I know them... the quality of life in New York improved dramatically under his Mayorship, notwithstanding his take on race, etc.


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

"the quality of life in New York improved dramatically under his Mayorship"...the quality of life for who???

Jewish people in NY don't seem to like him, Black people in NY don't seem to like him and Hispanic people in NY don't seem to like him.

That's about 80% of NY - his own hometown.

The media puts this guy on a pedestal for the work of his chief commissioners. Yet still with his greed and hoarding of public attention, he is determine to steal the spotlight.

Personally, I believe he should be investigated.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

New Yorkers must have been voting for Guiliani because, if I recalled correctly, he won both Mayoral terms by landslides, especially his second term. I have no dog in this hunt, but I am not going to 'color' the facts because I do not like the person or subject matter.


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

Its not a matter of "color[ing]" the facts.

A large reason - a very large reason - that Guiliani is disliked by most New Yorkers is due to the many belligerent, bold and racist comments he made during the beginning of his tenure. (Noting how heavily diverse New York is. Dinkins was leaving at that time.)

The media failed to present or discuss these comments in detail merely due to severe intimidation, fearing retaliation by Guliani. After all, the media relies on potilicians for the inside scoop.

He is an evil man. Simply pick up any book relative to his "mayorship" and read how poorly he is referenced.

I would recommend "NYPD Confidential" by Leonard Levitt.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

I will always try to refrain from deeming someone as 'evil' because I can say the same thing about President Obama whose second Executive Order in office was to provide money to suport abortion around the world... for many of us... aborton is the very epitome of 'evil'


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

However, your hub was not about Obama, but Guiliani. Yes?!?

Likewise my responses were about Guiliani and I stand by them.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

Ok, but I am trying to underscore that for me that even if I do not like someone's poltitics I still have to be objective... even to Guiliani who I did not vote for.


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

Again, my opinion is not based on his politics. I could care less of what those are. My "issues" with Guiliani stems from his low moral character. Anyone can put on a show for their term(s) in office. Bush Jr was classic.

By the way, Guiliani got votes in NY merely because many New Yorkers suffered post traumatic shock (or fear) from 9/11. He rallied on how NY and the US couldn't 'afford' to have a new mayor during those difficult times.

Seriously?!?! What moral person uses the "fear" of individuals for their own benefits and gain in their political agenda? Someone who has no morals. That's who. Ironically enough, Bush Jr rallied on the same premise. Guiliani and Bush Jr are pals.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

Let me ask you a question - President Clinton cheated on his wife... from your interpretation of 'morality' is President Clinton a moral person compare to President Bush? Also, let me hear some objective criticism of President Obama - this will let me know who you really are. I have no allegiance but to my traditional Christian beliefs.


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Miss Info 5 years ago from New York City

Read my hubs... I think you will get a very clear picture of just who I am, as well as, any inquiry into my thoughts on morality.

PS. Both Clinton and Bush were immoral, but Bush was by far more immoral because he sent many US solidiers to die in Iraq for absolutely no justifiable reason at all - which affected the lives and families of US citizens directly.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

YOU KNOW THAT IT IS RATHER EASY TO SEE THAT MANY DEMOCRATS BELIEVED THEN MISTAKENLY LIKE BUSH THAT THERE WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - THE RESEARCH IS RATHER EASY TO ACCESS, EVEN FOR A LUDITE LIKE MYSELF. I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD CLINTON, KERRY AND MANY DEMOCRATS OPINING ABOUT THE DANGER OF SADAM AND LET US NOT FORGET ABOUT THE VARIOUS INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WHICH WERE MISTAKENLY SAYING THAT SADAM HAD THESE WEAPONS. IIF WE ARE GOING TO PLACE BLAME GIVE THE WHOLE RECORD, NO MATTER WHERE THE EVIDENCE FALLS. I AM CERTAIN THAT YOU CAN ACCESS THE RECORDS AND HEAR ALL THESE DEMOCRATS SAYING THAT SADAM HAD WWEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I SUPPOSED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH HAD A BLOOD LUST - I WONDER WHAT IS IT HE DOES NOW TO SATISFY SAID BLOOD LUST NOW THAT HE IS OUT OF OFFICE? YES, I WILL READ YOUR BLOGS.


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Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York Author

YOU KNOW THAT IT IS RATHER TO SEE THAT MANY DEMOCRATS BELIEVED THEN MISTAKENLY LIKE BUSH THAT THERE WERE WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - THE RESEARCH IS RATHER EASY TO ACCESS, EVEN FOR A LUDITE LIKE MYSELF. I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD CLINTON, kERRY AND MANY DEMOCRATS OPINING ABOUT THE SADAM AND LET US NOT FORGET ABOUT THE VARIOUS INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES WHICH WE MISTAKENLY SAYING THAT SADAM HAD THESE WEAPONS. IIF WE ARE GOING TO PLACE BLAME GIVE THE WHOLE RECORD, NO MATTER WHERE THE EVIDENCE FALLS. I AM CERTAIN THAT YOU CAN ACCESS THE RECORDS AND HEAR ALL THESE DEMOCRATS SAYING THAT SADAM HAS WWEAPO NS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. I SUPPOSED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH HAD A BLOOD LUST - I WONDER WHAT IS IT HE DOES NOW TO SATISFY SAID BLOOD LUST NOW THAT HE IS OUT POF OFFICE? YES, I WILL READ YOUR BLOGS.

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