July 31st, 2007
07:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Giuliani camp calls Judith profile "hatchet job"

Giuliani's campaign struck back at a Vanity Fair article about his wife Judith.

NEW YORK (CNN) - If you're Judith Giuliani, Vanity Fair is not your best friend. An article in the magazine’s September issue reads: "Terror Alert, Judi Giuliani." It goes downhill from there and it’s got former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s camp crying "hatchet job.”

“There are so many inaccuracies in that story,” Mark McKeon, Rudy Giuliani’s senior adviser told CNN, “so many innuendoes in that story that is so vile that it really isn't worth going into."

But Vanity Fair’s Judy Bachrach stands by her story and every last unflattering detail.

“When the Giuliani people say that Vanity Fair or I’ve done a hatchet job, you have to consider the source,” says Bachrach. “They are the kings of hatchets. They try to muzzle the press at every opportunity.”

Despite the Giuliani campaign’s uncooperativeness, Bachrach says she prevailed in writing "Giuliani’s Princess Bride,” referring to the tiara Judith wore on her wedding day and quoting an un-named former Rudy Giuliani aide who said, "Queen is her goal."

The former mayor stood up for his wife at a campaign event on Tuesday saying, “I think the article is a very incorrect article that has an enormous numbers of inaccuracies in it. And one of the unfortunate prices that families pay in a situation like this is that they get castigated, attacked, and most of the time reporters doesn't even ask about it.”

But Bacharach said she tried to interview Judith Giuliani and was denied access. Through others, Bacharach says she determined that Mrs. Giuliani is an "opportunist" who went after a famous, married man, with kids – then Mayor Rudolph Giuliani – and "proffered her business card,” flaunting their affair by appearing at New York City functions while then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani was still married.

Bacharach went on to write that Judith Giuliani is now enjoying the fame and wealth that accompanies being married to the former mayor, among the perks: a "full-time assistant” to style her hair, designer clothes, and when she flies, an “entire plane seat for Judith’s ‘Baby Louis’” – a Louis Vuitton designer bag.

The Giuliani camp says none of those allegations are true, including the full time hairdresser. As for whether any of this will hurt the campaign, the Giuliani campaign told CNN it will have no effect.

–CNN Correspondent Carol Costello


Filed under: Race to '08 • Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. John, Ca.

    What comes around, goes around.

    July 31, 2007 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  2. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Will Vanity Fair’s Judy Bachrach be profiling ALL the candidates' spouses or did she just have a special "fondness" for Judith Giuliani??

    I can't wait to see what she digs up – er – writes about Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Edwards, et al.

    Some how knowing Judy's political bent. But if anyone wants to see the true motive of Ms Bachrach – see the transcript of her ambushing the 2005 Inauguration:

    http://simplyappalling.blogspot.com/2005/01/judy-bachrachs-view-of-inauguration.html

    July 31, 2007 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Greg Lynch, Summerfield, Florida

    Nice to see members of the press willing to expose politicians and their quarks.

    It's time for us to take American back from the politicians. The more we know, the better we can vote.

    July 31, 2007 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. celine, tucson, Az

    If Mrs, G has a full time assistant to style her hair, I think said person should be fired.........look at her..........

    July 31, 2007 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Marge, FV, NJ

    I wrote a letter to the Cardinal of New York complaining that he warmly greeted Rudy as he marched down the middle of 5th Avenue on St. Patrick's Day with his Mistress at his side. Needless to say, I did NOT get a response.

    July 31, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  6. Been there, done that

    For goodness sakes it's Vanity Fair's JOB to do a hatchet job on whomever they are told, politically, to destroy. Why is anyone surprised at this?

    July 31, 2007 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Suzie Bouling

    Judith is a marriage breaker and Giuliani is a woman's man. He flaunted their affair and his kids don't have anything to do with him. Former NYC resident. Giuliani Sued every one who disagreed with him while he was Mayor of NYC. He has lost respect of the fire-men and their families during 911. He would not make a good president, he is too Arrogant

    July 31, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. Connie, Tn.

    This won't go over with the Conservatives. When they start looking at Giuliani's life, they will see there is nothing conservative about him. All these Repugs with trophy wives will never win the nomination.

    July 31, 2007 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    I cannot imagine that she will be the first lady for america!

    Judith Giuliani is definitely a liability to Rudy's presidential bid. She reminds me of negative impression of John's Kerry's wife when he was running for president.

    Based of Judith's conduct before and after her marriage with Rudy, she may be the worst spouse of all presidential candidates, democrats or republicans. She will lessen Rudy chance of being nominated by the republicans.

    July 31, 2007 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. USA

    They both make me sick!

    July 31, 2007 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  11. Alex, Lakeworth, FL

    All women want to be queens, or to be treated like queens. I sense a little jealousy from the writers. I wonder if the writers are still in High School. Grow-up!!!

    July 31, 2007 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  12. Native New Yorker, Queens, NY

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer couple.

    July 31, 2007 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  13. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    Bacharach is to the left what Ann Coulter's is to the right. She repeatedly writes disparaging articles about conservatives (including the President) regularly. When invited on to Fox News as a Fashion Correspondent for the 2005 Inauguration – Bacharach used the opportunity as an ideological platform to again criticize the President as opposed to delivering what she had agreed (fashion correspondence).

    Cindy Sheehan, Michael Moore,... Bacharach fits right in!!

    Google Judith Bacharach and see for yourself.

    July 31, 2007 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Darrell, Foxboro, MA

    I'm not sure she is any different than most politicians' wives. I don't know much about Mrs. Obama or Mrs. Edwards (though both seem much more down to earth than this), but I am sure Hillary had more than just these perks when she was the First Lady. Obviously that is a different situation, but do you think she (or Bill) has ever turned down a private plane for any reason? How about Mrs. Romney? While this is an unflattering picture, I don't think it makes her very different from most extremely affluent Americans, which is what almost every politician is.

    July 31, 2007 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  15. Lance, L.A.

    Did you know Rudolph Giuliani is a major stockholder in a "Blackwater" like private security firm with contractors making a killing in Iraq? He's making money off the war. If Rudolf gets elected this country is permanently screwed.

    You can tell everything about the candidate by the people around him. He surrounds himself with opportunists, yes men, and mafiosos like his cop friend that got busted and Vitter, his campaign manager busted for soliciting hookers. He cheated on his wife. He "muzzles" the press every opportunity he gets. What do you think the guy would do if he became president?

    Sorry Rudolph, but your health plan to give everybody a 15G tax credit isn't going to cut it. Democrats are talking about real change, Rudolph is talking about special interest business as usual.

    Have you ever known anybody that had to go to a hospital? It cost a hell of a lot more than 15G's. That's two days in the hospital, tops

    Just because he was Mayor during 9/11, why does that make him a hero? He did what any mayor is required to do. It's disgraceful the way he plays up his 9/11 role. He did nothing but take a bloody opportunity to run for president.

    Ask the NYC Firefighters Union what Rudolph did for them? Ask how come they didn't have proper radios that would cut through the walls of the WTC? Ask them why so many of them had to die because Rudy didn't plan properly for an attack on a building that already had been attacked by terrorists.

    Ask how long good ol' hero of 9/11 Rudolph let the search for dead bodies at ground zero go on? He ordered the body parts swept away with bulldozers.

    That sums him up for me and hopefully you too.

    July 31, 2007 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  16. marvin sampson Doral, Florida--formerly of Manhattan.

    I was pleased to read the Vanitay Fair
    truths.

    This man has a gift of 'gab', but that is all.

    If it was not for 9/11, he would be still considered as a self supported public relations fool.

    He selfishly made many decisions for self engrandisment which hurt many people.

    I will say he should be in PR, as he would be a success.

    It is frightening to think of him as President.

    July 31, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  17. Lance, Los Angeles, CA.

    I don't believe anybody could do a better hatchet job on Rudy than he could do on himself. He's got so many questionable things happening I can't keep track of it all.

    Did you know Rudolph Giuliani is a major stockholder in a “Blackwater” like private security firm with contractors making a killing in Iraq? He’s making money off the war. If Rudolf gets elected this country is permanently screwed.
    You can tell everything about the candidate by the people around him. He surrounds himself with opportunists, yes men, and mafiosos like his cop friend that got busted and Vitter, his campaign manager busted for soliciting hookers. He cheated on his wife. He “muzzles” the press every opportunity he gets. What do you think the guy would do if he became president?
    Sorry Rudolph, but your health plan to give everybody a 15G tax credit isn’t going to cut it. Democrats are talking about real change, Rudolph is talking about special interest business as usual.
    Have you ever known anybody that had to go to a hospital? It cost a hell of a lot more than 15G’s. That’s two days in the hospital, tops
    Just because he was Mayor during 9/11, why does that make him a hero? He did what any mayor is required to do. It’s disgraceful the way he plays up his 9/11 role. He did nothing but take a bloody opportunity to run for president.
    Ask the NYC Firefighters Union what Rudolph did for them? Ask how come they didn’t have proper radios that would cut through the walls of the WTC? Ask them why so many of them had to die because Rudy didn’t plan properly for an attack on a building that already had been attacked by terrorists.
    Ask how long good ol’ hero of 9/11 Rudolph let the search for dead bodies at ground zero go on? He ordered the body parts swept away with bulldozers.
    That sums him up for me and hopefully you too.

    July 31, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  18. Bob, Tucson, AZ

    Is this really news or another lame attempt by Guiliani to get attention? No new terror alerts, hmmmm, let's dig up a story about his third wife. CNN, please do us a favor and legitimize your organization with substantive issues and not tabloid gossip. Lest we citizens decide to abolish the 19th amendment so fashion and superficiality are no longer influencing elections!

    August 1, 2007 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  19. nogibbons.blogspot.com

    Judith Giuliani trying to"homewreck" her way into the White House? Wow. Thanks but no thanks.

    BTW... My Rudy video is a finalist on Hardball's Ad Challenge. Show me some love with a vote. It would be much appreciated!

    nogibbons.blogspot.com

    August 1, 2007 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. Jim

    Regarding the accompanying photo: Are those (two) real?

    August 1, 2007 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. NYC insider

    First Lady Judith ??

    Give me a break.......

    August 1, 2007 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  22. Harvey, Memphis, TN

    A man who would leave his wife and three kids for his mistress should NEVER be allowed to the President of OUR United States.

    August 1, 2007 01:23 am at 1:23 am |
  23. Boss Hogg, Richmond Virginia

    Got to love the MSM. Nothing but puff pieces on the wives of the Dems., and negative stories on the GOP candidate's wives. Must really be depressing to be a lib.

    August 1, 2007 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  24. Mike Marcum, Cincinnati Ohio

    It's nice to know he's an adulterer and how proud they are of it. He won't get my vote.

    August 1, 2007 03:17 am at 3:17 am |
  25. Jennifer Chenault, East Lansing, Michigan

    I have worked in politics for years and get pretty tired of articles that poke fun or bad-mouth the families of politicians. It is one thing to bring out into the open things that a candidate does while running for election; it is another thing entirely to mock his family or write unkind things about them.

    Rudy Giuliani and his family may not be perfect individuals but he did a great service to this country when he stood tall during 9/11 and I believe he has the strength and courage to be an awesome United States President.

    Leave the mud-slinging about him (if you have to do any) and give his wife and children the privacy and compassion that they deserve. How would you feel if someone attacked your spouse in the press?

    Thank you,
    Jennifer K. Chenault
    East Lansing, Michigan

    August 1, 2007 03:52 am at 3:52 am |
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