November 29th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
11 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. Larry, Lexington, MA

    I love these people who are upset that "ringers" are sneaking into the Republican debate. Are you saying that a retired brigadeer general who served his country for 20 plus years has no right to question the likes of these hypocrites (McCain excluded). Do they think this is a Bush Town Meeting with invitations, donations and tickets required.

    November 29, 2007 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  2. Scott, Fort Worth, TX

    boo-hoo. What a crybaby. And it's not a debate – I wish they'd stopped referring to it as a debate.

    Please, whatever higher power is listening, don't let this slimebag take any more high office.

    And, please, whatever higher power is listening, don't let reporters falter or shrink from digging all they can about ALL of the candidates.

    November 29, 2007 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Mark, Ballwin, IL

    Funny reading. Rudy supporters trying to resolve his shagging of his mistress while married, at extra taxpayer expense. Resolve his doing millions in business with terrorist supporters. His locating the security command center in WTC with private elevator so he can shagg his mistress locally, never mind it being a terrorist target. Etc.

    When does their brain say that this is not a good man?

    November 29, 2007 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  4. Larry New York,N.Y.

    CNN-Typical liberal hit site. Like Slick Willie and JFK did'nt screw a light bulb given the opportunity. Keep me laughing you fools.

    November 29, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  5. EE, CA

    The use of public funds is bad enough, but isn't the more damaging part of this the fact that Guiiani had a mistress in the first place?

    November 29, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. Uneducated Cheesehead Bayside, WI

    If this is the best hack job that Clinton can do the Mayor is in great shape. The Clintons think everyone is stupid. Look at Bill's big mouth and Hillary's plants.

    November 29, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Schratboy, Boulder CO

    BoooFreakingHooooo! Hey Rudy! Keep it in your pants and pay your own freaking bills and these infidelities wouldn't be an issue.

    November 29, 2007 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  8. EB Rideout, Georgia

    Another nail in this phony's political coffin.

    This guy has more baggage than an airport carousel.

    Ru911dy, it's over.

    November 29, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  9. Cindy, Fairborn, OH

    I agree that as the Mayor of NYC Rudy was entitled to 24 hr protection as are NYC mayors. My problem is the fact that in addition to his legal wife, Donna Hanover Guiliani, his MISTRESS (now wife) Judith Nathan also had 24 hr police protection. This article doesn't make that clear, but it's true...look it up.

    How can that be right and how could the people of NYC let that happen? Please don't elect this man...we'd be better off changing the laws and giving George W four more least we know what we'll get.

    November 29, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Ryan, New York, NY

    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

    Posted By Ryan Indianapolis : November 29, 2007 3:13 pm

    Oh, poor Ryan, are you upset because the questions could be submitted by all citizens and some of them are Democrats? I realize that Bush has trained you to think that only supporters should get a voice in government, but that's not really reality.

    CNN opened up the Democratic Party's Youtube debate to all voters. If I recall, there were questions asked that weren't softballs, then, too. Secondly, too bad if you don't like the Youtube debates. The submissions were from predominantly younger voters, so what did you expect, since they're sure not registering as Republicans in droves (unless they want to vote for Ron Paul).

    November 29, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Hillary R C, new york, ny

    Nominate Giuliani, please!

    November 29, 2007 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Dick Tuck Franklin. MA

    "Cheat on his wife and send the bill to the taxpayers???? Be d**d if that isn't what BUBBA did!

    November 29, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Enrique Blackwood, NJ

    So far I feel Rudy is giving us as much truthfulness a politician can give.

    November 29, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  14. Scott, Sand Diego, CA

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

    The same Universe as the Dems do Walter... the same as the Dems. Do you not remember a certain Bill "BJ" Clinton, cheating on his wife and being nominated by his party. Think before you speak buddy, think before you speak!

    November 29, 2007 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  15. Scott, San Diego, CA

    Being from NY and now living on the Left Coast, I have a quick question for those of you stuck in your little California fishbowl... Do any of you on this site, who are so quick to bash Rudy for "cheating" on his wife, even know the whole story: NO, I didn't think so... Rudy and his former wife, Donna Hanover, were legally seperated for roughly 1-2 years before he even started seeing Judith Nathan.

    The force at which you people consistently try to create drama and instigate controversy, without even knowing the facts of a story is ridiculous... keep riding the "Conspiricy Train" of the Clinton Crime Family.

    November 29, 2007 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. kelly thompson,staten island, ny

    patrick from ca. is a perfect example of the idiots i mentioned in my earlier post. he says rudy dikd a great job as mayor of nyc, this from a guy who lives in california, he says new yorkers should change policy if we dont want to fund rudy's love nest lol
    when they get all the paperwork together on rudys hiding his spending on his love nest he will be getting a bill. just ask kerik

    November 29, 2007 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  17. Sasha, Marysville, WA

    Walter wrote: "In what universe do Republicans nominate a guy who cheats on his wife and sends the bill to the taxpayer?" Can you say Clinton????

    November 29, 2007 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  18. Fidel Castro

    After reading through this barrage of leftist diatribes and rants, I offer all of you positions in my Secret Police Force. You are the sort of chicas and hombres I'm looking for.

    Fondest Wishes During this Holiday Season,

    Your Friend,

    November 29, 2007 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Big Ben

    The democratic party has never portrayed itself as the party of “Family Values” , whatever that is. It is not the party that claims to be morally superior than any one else.

    What you have just pointed out, even if I don’t think you realize it, is the hypocrisy of the republican party!

    November 29, 2007 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  20. Jake, Wantagh, NY

    The reason this did not come out till now it was sat on for seven years. Just Remember Clinton did the same thing as Govenor & Attorney General. He used the State Troopers to round up State Employees AGAINST THER WILL.

    November 29, 2007 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  21. Demo Crat - Orlando Florida

    Until the facts are in a rush to judgment s foolish. Too often we allow ourselves to be led when we should be taking the time to quantify the facts first.

    First, one needs to understand that regardless of what certain political people are doing, there are mandatory levels of security coverage that must be maintained (by law).

    No one has all the facts sufficient to make any valid judgment one way or the other; and if the cost incurred would have happened irregardless of where the Mayor had gone, then there is no point to the story whatsoever.

    November 29, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Greg, Westchester New York

    If the dems want to compare dirty laundry... bring it on! Hillary has done nothing as senator. Why don't we start with asking all those folks in the northern part of the state how she has fulfilled all those campaign promises? At least Rudy delivered. You may not like all his policies but if you were around NYC before and after his time in office and compare that to what Hillary has done for New York there is no comparison.

    November 29, 2007 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  23. D. Endo, Honolulu HI

    It's not a "hit job" if it's true. The $34K is only what we know about. I'm sure if you dig deeper, you'll find more corruption. Rudy's a liar and an opportunist. His "handling" of 9/11 will prove at some point that he's dirty.

    Come on, Rudy, why aren't you addressing the truth of the issue. Because the truth of the issue is you're a slimy, lying, corrupt weasel.

    November 29, 2007 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  24. Patrick C. Irvine, CA

    For all of you folks who are saying that Guiliani billed NYC for his personal expenses, please check the facts before you continue to make fools of yourselves. Guiliani's 24/7 police security detail did bill the City of New York for their time and expense. It was a required part of their job that they accompany the mayor wherever he went at all times. Guiliani paid for his own personal expenses. He did not bill NYC for his personal expenses. You can continue to lie and say that he did, but you will be exposing yourselves as idiots. Of course, you may be happy to be so. "Don't try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig."

    November 29, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  25. Anonymous, Denver, CO

    Guiliani/Huckabee – now that's a TICKET! Two crooks for the price of one! Both guys have allegedly misappropriated taxpayer funds. One is a pompous, holier-than-thou "hero" whose "heroics" on 9/11 amounted to nothing more than showing up at the scene of the crime. The other is a Baptist minister/politician who has had to answer to at least 14 ethics charges when he was Governor of Arkansas (including an attempt by he and his wife to take $70K worth of furniture out of the governor's mansion when he left office)...Yep - one heck of a pair! Hillary 08!

    November 29, 2007 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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