November 29th, 2007
02:00 PM ET
15 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. Joe Willie, Amarillo TX

    I don't believe even the Party of Family Values will nominate somebody who married his first cousin then moved his second wife out of the mayor's mansion to move the girlfriend in.

    November 30, 2007 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  2. Jonny Knuckles

    Rudy just give up and stop running for president. You are a liar and will never be as great a man as Ron Paul. Go Ron Paul.

    November 30, 2007 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  3. LeeO Dallas, TX

    Rudy Vs Hillary. They are trying to feed us excrement on a stick and telling us it's shish kabob.

    November 30, 2007 04:28 am at 4:28 am |
  4. Dave, Buffalo, NY

    CNN should be ashamed of itself, they packed the questioners with Democrat campaign staffers makes the idea of an impartial media laughable. I wouldn't be surprised in the least if CNN is found to have had a hand in this entire thing including time timing of the release of this fabrication. This makes the Democrats hyperventilation over the imginary sins of Fox News even more difficult.

    November 30, 2007 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  5. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Hey Chris In Middletown:

    Looks like you are one of the fool-aide drinkers: You posted "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…"

    True GOP – voting for a crook, a man who runs with crooks, has no morals, and by the way, if you got information from anything other than Faux News, you'd know Rudy has padded his resume with lies, and misleading statistics ... the only fiscal experience he has is hiding the cost of his affair with his not-yet-third wife.

    November 30, 2007 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  6. Gary, Oreland, PA

    Either he and his cronies used creative accounting to hide the expenses of his high lifestyle, or he didn't. It doesn't matter who brought the story out or when it was revealed. If he had his fingers too deep in the public funds, it makes you wonder what would happen if he became president. No bid contracts would be the least of our worries.

    November 30, 2007 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. Cindy, Fairborn, OH

    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. appears you were privy to information on the state of the Guiliani's marriage that even Mrs. Guiliani wasn't aware of Scott, because I recall a certain press conference where Donna Hanover Guiliani basically said they were working on their marriage and she blindsided by Rudy's announcement that he was leaving the marriage in favor ofhis "good friend" Judy Nathan. But I'm sure you YOU know better. After all, she was only the (legal) wife.

    November 30, 2007 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. Frank, San Diego

    We shouldn't be so surprised that Rudy had two women on the NYC police ledgers at the same time. After all, he told us up front that he is pro-choice.

    November 30, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  9. cozumelkid

    I would have thought that the mayor of New York City would have travel expenses much higher than that. The mayor is supposed to go out and promote his city.

    November 30, 2007 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Rick, Chicago Illinois

    New Republican tactic for minimizing the dirt uncovered on their hypocritical heores ....

    scream "PLANT!"

    Somebody should dress up as one at the next GOP debate.

    November 30, 2007 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |

    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!

    Posted By Joe, Old Bridge, NJ : November 29, 2007 4:14 pm

    the best part about this forum is that you get to see how the opposition works. instead of discussing the issue of giuliani they say its actually more importnant that someone that worked for hillary ASKED A QUESTION at a debate!!! thats right ASKED A QUESTION.......the absurdity of the accusation is that this is worse then what giuliani did puts things in perspective doesnt it?

    December 1, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |

    Scott, San Diego, CA

    scott i live in NY and to act like because you once lived here you are in some way more knowledgable on this subject then most is a ridiculous statement. look at CINDY from FAIRBORN, OH she seems to be mmore accurate on the subject then you and she isnt even from NY!!!

    December 1, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |

    Rick, Chicago Illinois

    i completely agree i live in NY and before 9/11 people did not like giuliani. he wasnt looked at as a great mayor.he was the guy that would arrest everyone to protect park ave from litter!! then you see all these people now saying how great giuliani was for NY lol. look at NY today its all rich foreigners!!! there is no soul to this city anymore.

    December 1, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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