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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    November 29, 2007 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  2. Dixon, Des Moines Iowa

    I am a life long Democrate. However, recently I have decided neither party deserves my vote. People running for office don't really tell us what they will do. Name calling, weak accusations and lobby money is all we see. This story is just another attempt to bring candidates down. I am so sick of these constant accusations against each other. Tell us what you stand for and what you will do not what you think the other will do.

    November 29, 2007 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. Tim Myers, Panama City, Fl

    Ok, as Mayor you had threats to your life which warranted the protection, but as mayor you are charged with ensuring assets are spent appropriately. It is not appropriate for any elected official to charge travel to visit with a mistress while you are married to someone else. An official must understand that 24 hours protection while you are at home is a totally different cost when you decide to travel. So one must ensure all trips are absolutely necessary to execute the duties of that office only.

    November 29, 2007 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  4. Wayne, Greenville TX

    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.

    Posted By karen nj : November 29, 2007 1:05 pm

    If they were legitimate expenses, karen, then why were they hidden in the budget of the Loft Board? Why didn't they appear in the Police Department budget, or the budget for the Mayor's Office.

    Something smells fishy, all the way out here in Texas.

    November 29, 2007 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  5. Rocco, Wellington, fl

    I'll bet this is just the tip of the iceberg. When Giulianis' opponents start to dig dirt on this guy watch out. People forget this guy was in business with Bernie Kerck, he recommended him as Homeland Security head. As many people have said these guys are fascist and are above the law. I hope the voter understand what is going on here.

    November 29, 2007 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Ryan Indianapolis

    The best thing about Republicans agreeing to do the CNN/YouTube debate is that it created yet another invaluable opportunity to expose CNN’s abject incompetence.

    Retired Brig. Gen./gays in the military lobbyist/Hillary-Kerry supporter Keith H. Kerr wasn’t the only plant at the CNN/YouTube debate. The plant uncovering is in full-swing over at Free Republic.

    Example: “Journey,” a.k.a. “Paperserenade,” the girl who asked an abortion question, is a declared John Edwards supporter.

    Cnn I am sure you will not post this but you should be ashamed of yourselves and this shows the partisian ways of CNN....YOu people are pathetic

    November 29, 2007 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. P Kelly, Brampton, On

    Rudy is deflecting the real question. Sure, he had security expenses whether he was cheating on his wife or not.

    But why were these expenses hidden under other utterly unrelated categories, such as "defense for the indigent" or "people with disabilities"? Rudi claims it was the NYPD that tried to hide these expenses. Is that true?

    November 29, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  8. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    Yet another shameless attempt to derail the Giuliani campaign (with some other alleged event that happened 5 years ago that has absolutely nothing to do with any of Giuliani's positions) that will fall on deaf ears.


    November 29, 2007 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Lev Klinemann, Redondo Beach CA

    Once a crook, always a crook.

    Every day something comes out about this guy, every single day.

    ...and his best friends seem to be mobsters, child molesters, and sheiks that happen to be involved with 9-11...

    God help us if Giuliani becomes the president of this country. He'll be worse than Bush.

    November 29, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Surrealist, Fort Myers, FL

    To: Dixon in Des Moines;
    Listen.... Debate isn't always bad! I applaud forums like this that enable the free exchange of ideas. Some of them are helpful–others are nuts. But if you choose not to vote,not to participate in the democratic process, you could be relinquishing not only your future, but the future of your children and grandchildren. Throughout the history of our nation–political bad mouthing has been around–perhaps with the exception of George Washington. With the information age–it's larger than ever!! Your responsibility is to make up your OWN mind. It doesn't matter which candidate you choose–you should exercise your constitutional right to vote–and make your voice count. Don't let someone else decide who your leaders are going to be. Even if your favorite does't make it–you have the satisfaction of at least making your voice heard!!!

    November 29, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Mike, Milwaukee,WI

    Rudy always seems to disregard people who disagree with him or who exposes him for all he is worth as "a hit job."

    Whether Pro-Rudy FOX News likes it or not, Dems want Rudy to be the nominee. They are not scared of him at all because stuff like this will keep coming out on the trail!

    November 29, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Mac

    Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counter-allegations

    November 29, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Sherry Lansung IOWA

    Come on Rudy, tell the truth, its coming out anyway...


    November 29, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. Joe, Old Bridge, NJ

    This is a non-story. Honestly, the NY mayor, like any other big city mayor or governor, has police protection 24/7, so when any big city mayor or governor travels, the cops go with him.

    A bigger story is the fact that Hillary had her tentacles in the debate when one of her advisors was asking questions about gays in the military. First Hillary plants questions at her own appearances and now she's planting them in debates. She needs to be stopped!

    November 29, 2007 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Rudy

    I don't get it. You said your site could support HTML tags.

    November 29, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. William Judson, NY, NY

    Trust me, this is the tip of the sleazy Guiliani iceberg. This man is a my-way-or the-highway scumbag who would make the moron Bush look like Lincoln. We in New York never bought the 'Americas Mayor' crap b/c we had to watch his bullying, stubborn and autocratic manner for years prior to his 9/11 epiphany. I SO hope he runs.

    November 29, 2007 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. R. Morelli, SF CA

    Someday people will realize that being a slimball crosses over all political lines.

    Rudy is a politician; of course he's fed out of the public trough.
    Nobody should be surprised by corrupt NY politicians, of which Hillary is one.
    If you don’t think she’s corrupt, you’re ignoring history.

    Not many “good” people become politicians

    November 29, 2007 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. Nate, Owensville, IN

    11 months to go and allready ive heard way to much arguing, its not gonna come soon enough.

    November 29, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Patrick C. Irvine, CA

    Guiliani did a great job as Mayor of New York. I don't care what he did after work. He had to have a 24/7 security detail. They went where he went. It was part of the job. If New Yorkers want this changed, they should vote for a change in policy. For the rest of you whiners: pound sand.

    November 29, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  20. NYC

    Just the tip of the iceberg....

    A man who fires people when they gain the trust of the people is surrounded by enemies. Giuliani meet the best police cheif you ever fired, Richard Bratton.

    More to come.

    November 29, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  21. Don Clintoneone , Formica MN

    Rusy must be a formidable candidate judging by the cnn plants and little leftist whiners on this site.

    November 29, 2007 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  22. NYKevin, Boston Ma

    I won't vote for Rudy, but he is uncorruptable.This is all smoke.

    NYC budget was around 24 Billion a year when Rudy took over the opportunities for curruption were boundless yet Rudy played it straight and ran a tuaght ship.

    The lefties hate him and fear him..

    November 29, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  23. rada, Houston Texas

    I hope that Giuliani gets the nomination...

    I'll be so easy... go ahead republicans PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE give the nomination to Rudy!!!

    GO RUDY 08!!!

    November 29, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  24. Alex Fitzgerald, Canton, OH

    I would vote for Hillary over Giuliani and that is saying a lot. I will never vote for a socialist like Hillary, unless she is running against this crook, Rudy Giuliani. Please people, do not force me to vote for a liberal socialist like Hillary.

    November 29, 2007 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  25. chris green

    I Can't believe CNN is reporting this story without mentioning why Rudy was visiting the Hamptons (to cheat on his wife). Isn't that an important piece of information when deciding if he was trying to cover it up.

    November 29, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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