November 29th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
10 years ago

Giuliani: Web site report a 'hit job'

Giuliani called the Politico report a 'hit job.'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani has called a story raising questions about the accounting of his security expenses while he was mayor of New York a "hit job."

Late Wednesday, reported city records show Giuliani billed New York City government offices for at least $34,000 in security and travel costs on trips to the Hamptons in his last year in office, with charges spread around departments under his control.

In its report, which Giuliani says might have been fueled by opposition research, Politico said it obtained the records through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. CNN was also able to obtain the same records.

"I thought the way the story was presented was like a hit job," Giuliani told CNN after the CNN/YouTube debate Wednesday night.

"Coming two hours before this debate, I kind of got the idea that it was not a legitimate story."

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  1. cathy, boston,ma

    We need to unearth all what you are. That was nothing with the media twisting things around. By the way, I hope you will not date one woman on the south lawn and the other in North lawn. This guy is a gang member himself.
    The debate itself was CNN made for the candidates that are good for us.

    November 29, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  2. Bob, NY, NY

    So Rudy is calling into question the integrity of a reporter without any shred of evidence? Nice guy.

    The expenses are now being reported to be as much as $500,000 and the issue here is that they went up when he started his affair with Judy Nathan, that the food/lodging for his security detail would have been less or zero if he had stayed in the city, and why if these were legimate charges were they billed to other agencies (which some have stated the only reason to do this was to hide them) and why did it take people five years to be able to get the information that this story is based on if everything was done properly and legally?

    November 29, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  3. Wynter, Loudon, NH

    First Kerik and now another scandal for the already embattled Giuliani. And we want this guy in office? Someone needs to update their resume of felonies and misdemeaners before they attempt to go to the Primary.

    Telling it as I see it,

    November 29, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  4. Ryan, New York, NY

    When Rudy starts working on wife #4 as President, will the US taxpayers get to pay for the security necessary for those trysts, too? At least JFK and Bill brought their girls into the White House where they didn't incur any extra costs to the taxpayers to screw around.

    Anyone wonder if Rudy got the idea from Bernie Kerik to get others to fund their affairs, as Kerik was using an apartment donated for use by emergency workers for his.

    November 29, 2007 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  5. Wayne, Greenville TX

    To paraphrase Shakespeare, methinks Rudy protestest too much.

    (In other words, there's more to this story than Rudy wants America to know....)

    November 29, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Walter

    In what universe do Republicans nominate a guy who cheats on his wife and sends the bill to the taxpayer?

    November 29, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  7. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Pop your popcorn...and sit back and watch how nervous the Democrats get with their attacks....I mean if it came down to a Giuliani vs Clinton for the White House – the voters would need to choose between a mayor with sound fiscal experience and a social liberal background....or a waffling socialist....(believe me...lookup Saul Alinsky...Hillarys mentor...and author of her 800 Billion in entitlement promises) -the country will not choose Hillary....well..the dumb ones will

    November 29, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  8. J.Crobuzon

    Yeah, it would be so unfair if someone running for president got 'swift-boated' and had lies told about them, wouldn't it? Speak up Rudy! You're against 'hit jobs' and unfounded allegations, aren't you?

    "I would not accuse any of my opponents of doing it," he said. "But who knows, it could be on the Democratic side." Oh well, then it's probably ok to swift-boat then, thanks for clearing that up. Thirty-four thousand dollars? Why not just pay it back?

    November 29, 2007 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  9. Frank, San Diego

    You've got to hand it to Rudy. Clinton never was creative enough to figure out how to charge his extramarital expenses to the taxpayer. That kind of book keeping is just what the Republicans will need to balance the budget.

    Democrats must be writing checks to the Giuliani campaign by the thousands.

    November 29, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  10. James,Nashua,nh

    The debate was well Skewed so that we can see Guliani as a favourable candidate with just less weakness and knowing that the public knows he is not perfect they just brought one issue about him. If you look at the whole debate you would realize that there was thourough study on who will say what and who will pander who. Romney came out very weak because they knew what he would say and Mccain would come and say right opposite which might be bad for Romney. Out of 500 questions you would realize there was accordination and they did what they did. Now some candidates will not recover from that. This is today's political ads to kill certain politicians campaigns. Basically it is like the citizens have no right to choose candidates from real issues. What I am worried about is we might leave out good candidates. The other thing is how people have given their money with generousity and volunteered just to be hijacked at these last debates. I am left with no words.

    November 29, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. karen nj

    No matter where he travelled to , whether on his days off duty or working Giuliani was under 24 hour security, just as Bloomberg is. And the money for the security is NYC revenue expense money. Why is that so hard to understand.

    November 29, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  12. Walter, San Diego

    What happened to Rudy's first reaction, "it's untrue," followed by the ever popular "I wasn't responsible for the billing." Now we have, "it's a hit job." With this guy, making excuses is a multiple-choice operation.

    Maybe he should take a lesson from his hero, George Bush. He should decide on his lie and stick with it.

    November 29, 2007 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. George,Alt

    Jesus was smart enough not to run for public office. Otherwise he would say the debates were set up to kill some candidates campaigns. I pity the truth.

    November 29, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Timothy,Boston,ma

    Is there educated people out there to help me out on how you saw the debate last night. Planted? YES! Planted for you to think what you are thinking right now if not otherwise!

    November 29, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. its obvious

    i love how these candidates have the gall to critisize the other candidates for doing "hitjobs" and then talk bad about every candidate they are going against like "hillary" like the fact that its coming from the opposition cancels out its credibility. this is politics giuliani if you cant handle the stones then maybe you should be throwing them either!!!

    November 29, 2007 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  16. Ricardo, San Jose, CA

    Is the media going to back down from digging into this story because of Rudy's protests? No, the media won't back down. It's just that tomorrow the story will be, "Man Bites Dog!"

    November 29, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  17. Sean, Charlotte, NC

    "a mayor with sound fiscal experience"

    Yea, the sound fiscal experience of shading accounting in order to hide taxpayer-financed trips to Southhampton so the mayor could visit his mistress in secret while he carried on his adulterous affair.

    Giuliani is scum, and this legitimate news story illustrates his manipulative self-serving and dishonest nature.

    November 29, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Rob, Potomac, MD

    The reason Juliani has "ethical, moral, and legal" problems is his mindset. Like most other fascists, he thinks rules and laws apply to the peasants not to our "dear mayor". He comes down hard on the NY homeless or the squeegee people. But when it comes to himself and his buddies, he thinks that he can misuse government funds, lie and cheat on his family and everyone else, and no one should have the audacity to question him.

    All hail Benito Juliani, the new leader of the American Fascist party!

    November 29, 2007 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Susan Fedelchak, Durango, Colorado

    I think CNN was obscene in the way they handled the debate. Shame on you are not news people and I will no longer watch your station. The only mistake the candidates made was not walking off the stage after the first cartoon. This is the office of President of the U.S. Again, shame on you.

    November 29, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. YUB,NYC,NY


    November 29, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Alison, Boston, MA

    Wow, Rudy, so now unearthing wrongdoing by our Presidential candidates is a 'hit job'? And not, you know, an attempt to determine the true character of the people we're electing to represent us?

    This issue should destroy his campaign - public money used to support his illicit sexual habits? - disgusting.

    November 29, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Megha, San Antonio, TX

    C'mon Republicans, you do have less rotten potatoes in your bag than Guli. Seriously, choose someone who is at least Republican. You're all beaten anyway.

    Hillary 08

    November 29, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. dmw, roeland park, ks

    It is so interesting that articles about Republican misdeeds seem to go back to the Democrats and Hillary Clinton. Are you Republicans so afraid of Hillary that EVERYTHING that comes up is somehow related to her???

    Some of you posters are getting to weird and bizarre around Hillary. Are you that afraid that she will be the next President that you MUST talk badly and accuse her of all bad things.

    Face it, your great white hope, Giuliani is a scoundrel.

    November 29, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  24. lanray, Bellaire, Texas

    Not only is he a crook, but an attorney - double trouble - and some think he would be a good president. We need a change in the White House, not the same type of secrecy and arrogance.

    November 29, 2007 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. RUDY08

    Yep – Dems are scared. As well they should be. Haaaa Look who their candidates are? haaaaa You see how long it's taking them to dig up the dirt. They're not finding much. I know you dems aren't talking about cheatin' spouses! At least he's divorced – we all know the Clintons don't sleep together.

    November 29, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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