September 26th, 2007
09:02 PM ET
7 years ago

Giuliani and a top aide part ways

A top aide to Giuliani has departed the campaign.

HANOVER, New Hampshire (CNN) - Less than one week before presidential campaigns report their 3rd quarter fundraising totals, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani is parting ways with his top finance staffer.

Anne Dunsmore, deputy campaign manager for finance, has left the Giuliani campaign, Giuliani's spokesman said in a prepared statement.

"Anne Dunsmore is no longer working on our campaign," said Katie Levinson, Giuliani's communications director. "We thank Anne for her service and the departure is amicable."

A campaign official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told CNN's John King that Dunsmore's departure was a mutual decision and that it "just wasn't the right fit." The former deputy campaign manager for finance released her own statement saying that "I continue to believe Rudy Giuliani is the strongest candidate in the race and I strongly support him for president."

Republican fundraiser Jim Lee will now serve as national co-chairman and head Giuliani's finance machine.

Giuliani, asked if the staff shakeup was a sign of fundraising troubles, said, "I don't think so. I think we'll have a pretty good quarter; one of the best of the Republicans."

The former mayor made the comments, while fundraising Wednesday in New Jersey.

As for Lee, Giuliani said, "We thought Jim Lee would be able to spread us out even more nationally. He’s been an enormously successful fundraiser for us."

Sunday is the filing deadline for the presidential campaigns to report their campaign cash totals. Giuliani and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney are battling for the top spot when it comes to fundraising. They are both far ahead of the rest of the Republican field.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser


Filed under: Rudy Giuliani
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. alan St Louis Mo

    looks, smells, sounds like
    PARTY OF CORRUPTION at its best

    GOP is now redubbed as GOC

    Grand Old Corruption

    September 26, 2007 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  2. trekks, kansas

    The conservative battleship U.S.S. Trekks is going to pull ashore for a moment in a sort of ceasefire moment to offer a

    pick-me up to the other half of the overall American team. I am going to do this in a form of compliment to one of the

    greatest DEMOCRATIC leaders ever elected to an office of government in the United States. Her name is Kathleen

    Sebelius the governer of the state of Kansas. She works hand in hand with some of the toughest conservatives in the

    nation, in a give and take style of governing that is unprecedented. Shes revamped education here, on a level that

    parents and teachers are both on a constant run trying to keep up. Shes helped pass laws here to deal with violent

    criminals that would be a contraversial no-no to many in her own party in many other states. She can pore aid and

    assistance on an area effected by flood, snow, or tornado, before the clouds clear and thought about mobilizing it when

    she seen it in the forecast. Youd be hard pressed to find a Farm and Ag. issue this gal wont tackle to help ease an ever

    tightening rope on the Kansas farmer. I beleive she was also rated one the top 5 governers in the United States.

    We may never see eye to eye, but people we can come together and work as one unified country on many things that

    wont leave headlines that upset either party.

    September 26, 2007 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  3. Jo, Atlanta GA

    I wonder how much he can raise collecting nine dollars and eleven cents. Whoa... what an exploit! His guy has no moral value.

    September 27, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. laurinda,ny

    What kind of a mind set do you Republicans have? All you do is label everyone a liberal if they disagree with your feeble minded party. Look inside of a dictionary and read the meaning. One of the meanings is...NOT narrow minded.

    September 27, 2007 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Chris, Middletown, CT

    She is right on the money when she said "I continue to believe Rudy Giuliani is the strongest candidate in the race and I strongly support him for president." – he is...and he will be president in 2008....Democrats...you need to run a moderate rather than pandering to the left wing of your party – the only way you will have a shot is if the Republicans nominate a right winger (then you will lose by only 9%)

    September 27, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  6. JKap, Schaumburg, IL

    Looks like Rudolf didn't receive enough $9.11 donations!

    September 27, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  7. dawn -- Gaithersburg, MD.

    Whomever the Republicans pick, it's the Democrats' race to lose. But I confess a sneaking fondness for the ex-mayor. Let me repeat that "ex-" "mayor." He has absolutely no foreign policy experience, a chequered history in New York (where they loathe him), and a family history that's frankly bizarre.
    The only thing he has going for him is that he was Mayor of New York when 9/11 occurred. And the more you delve into that - his siting of the command center in the one building that terrorists had already hit, the lack of inter-operable radios for fire-fighters, and his treatment of those who labored at Ground Zero - the more his coincidental mayoralty goes against him.
    And I cannot wait until the Republicans start their usual nonsense about the Democratic candidate (no matter which one) being "inauthentic" and "not comfortable in his [her] skin," because then we get to play over and over the cringemaking video of that NRA cell-phone call.
    Joy!

    September 27, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  8. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    Rudy isn't as hated as you'd think.His pandering to the right-wing is despicable,but the right-wingers are the ones who are going to put up the money and watch it burn as he swerves to the left when he's done with them.Hillary's doing just as much pandering to the left and she's going to swerve right once she can.The good thing is that the american people and our constitution are firmly planted on the side of liberty.Both of these candidates will seek the center from which to govern and that's reassuring.No more thumpers allowed!We should all support people like Chris to rid our republicans of their albatross.Then we can get down to some real fiscal conservativism before we have to sell a state to china.

    September 27, 2007 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Keith

    Rudy Giuliani is a crossdresser. Rudy Giuliani is unfaithful. Rudy Giuliani is a liar. Perfect Presidential material.

    October 2, 2007 07:10 am at 7:10 am |