December 05, 2006

America's Mayor

Apologies for not posting much today- but I thought I'd put in a link to this attack on Guiliani, one of the more intriguing nominees for President, which attacks him wholeheartedly. An interesting piece especially for those of us from outside America who know him only as the mayor who reduced NY city crime and the mayor on 9/11.


james higham said...

Certainly an interesting article but in American politics, perhaps it's as well to know the political bias of the journalist. He sounds like he has the qualifications all right.

Gracchi said...

Yes I agree with you the bias of the journalist is always important- the thing is I've only ever heard praise of Guiliani so its quite interesting to read an aggressive take down.

bill said...

That article is really mild. Check out Steve Gilliard's commentary. (He is an African-American journalist in NYC.) His blog is:

Gracchi said...

Bill I'll have a look thanks for the link- its amazing how little is known about Rudy over here.

bill said...

In case you could not find Gilliard's commentary re Guiliani, I thought that I would post some of it below. Be warned, he does not watch his language:


Oh, what a brief description for such an ugly series of events.

First, what you have to understand is that Giuliani was a serial philanderer before he was married, and that first marriage ended with some really nasty rumors of abuse. The one to his third cousin.

It is said that Donna Hanover won his election in 1993 with her familiarity to the New York viewing public. She was an anchor on the local Tribune station for several years.

Within six months of being elected, he was caught buying Lategano a skirt on Madison Avenue. If you've never been to New York, that's like shopping on Rodeo Drive. Despite the reputation, 5th Avenue is far more egalitarian than Madison Avenue above 59th St. That's where the high end boutiques, Missoni, DKNY, Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo all are. So he had to have dropped a couple of hundred bucks on the spot. Only problem, it made the front page of the Daily News.

But then, for one Father's Day, Hanover, wondering where her husband was, rolled down to City Hall, where she caught him dick deep in Lategano, according to widely acknowledged rumors.

Giuliani was not subtle. He would take Lategano to the Yankees games with his kids. Until the wife had enough of it. Lategano and his wife would not be in the same room again.

Even now, there are pictures of Lategano and Giuliani in restaurants across the city.

Wilson mentions the firing of Bill Bratton, but didn't mention WHY he was fired. Part of the reason was that John Miller, now the FBI's spokesman, was running with Lategano for a marathon. Daddy Giuliani showed up, and didn't like Miller hanging around his woman. Toss on some jealousy, and the skids were greased.

Things got so bad that his best friend, Peter Powers, quit city government over this mess.

Then, of course, there was the time he forced everyone to attend her birthday party, despite her being as popular as a dose of the clap. Lategano was widely hated by the media for her rank incompetence and arrogance. An incident which got a lot of play in the media at the time, without the explaination that Giuliani was screwing her.

But it gets better.

Eventually, Giuliani dumped her from his life. He was taking a break between mistresses. So after a nasty public argument in a local burger joint, she went to South Carolina for a while and quickly married.

But she had to be paid off. So she got an apartment and loyalist Fran Reiter was tossed aside for Lategano, who was given the job of running the city's Tourist and Visitor's Bureau. A job she was totally unqualified for, but which paid $250K a year. People were horrified at the time. But he was the mayor.

Then by 1998, he was picking up with a new mistress, now his wife. He was again unsubtle and would take her to a restaurant a few blocks from the mayoral home. This close enough so his children's friends and their parents could see him with his new woman.

By 2000 things were getting insane. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, which gave people's a minute's pause. Until he took his nurse-mistress with him to the doctor. Then to top it off, he announced his seperation without telling his wife. Which was unseemly at best. But he had been squiring Ms. Nathan around for at least a year, taking her to parades and other public events.

But if you think he disrepsected shooting victims, he didn't know them. He would wage a savage war on his family. His wife had no idea he had prostate cancer because he was taking his mistress, Judith Nathan, to the treatment sessions with the doctor.

The then cardinal, John O'Connor, had tried to do marriage counselling with them, but in the end, Hanover was left humiliated and ignorant about her husband's illness. She had done everything reasonable to keep their marriage together. Her husband, not so much.

Soon after the humiliating split up, broadcast live on local TV, Giuliani's mother grew ill. When Hanover, concerned about the welfare of her children's grandmother, showed up in the emergency room of Mount Sinai hospital, the mayor got into a nasty, public fight with her, restrained only by longtime henchman Tony Carbonetti. Giuliani was enraged that she showed up and demanded she leave, this in a public space filled with ill people.

Then, he wanted to bring his mistress into the family home, by claiming his wife wasn't helping him through his cancer treatments. He wanted to divide the home up.
His argument was that the kids should get to know Ms.Nathan, meanwhile, Ms. Nathan's then 16 year old daughter moved back in with her father becase she couldn't stand

Hanover's media friends were astonshed at his brazen behavior, and soon the tale of woe came out. But it didn't stop Giuliani. Hanover, as Wilson says, had to go to court to declare Gracie Mansion the marital home and exclude her from it.

The judge said no to his cruel, insane request.

Eventually, he moved in with a gay couple while his wife fended off his efforts to replace her.

But like an uncaged animal, Giuliani would strike at his family like they were mortal enemies. First, for mother's day 2000, he would parade the mistress up and down Second Avenue for pictures. So all of his kids friends would be treated to this site as they got the morning paper. His wife and kids were in California, escaping the cruel media circus surrounding their lives. The evilness of the act astonished New Yorkers. How do you ruin mother's day like that?

Ah, but the savage nature of Giuliani knew no bounds. He cut his wife's security detail, he gave one to his mistress. He cut his wife's security detail. Think about that. He felt that she could get by with less. Of course, this placed his kids in danger as well, but nothing was too petty or savage for Giuliani. Nothing.

And in an act of truly petty revenge, he wouldn't let Hanover's father stay in Gracie Mansion, the mayoral home.

He had served on the Intrepid, and they were commemorating the ship's survival from an attack off Okinawa which nearly sank the ship. Now, Giuliani's father was an ex-con racist mob enforcer who ducked the draft, but he couldn't extend this small courtesy to her.

And this was a major even in the city, with the Intrepid now a floating museum. But he showed less compassion to his own family than shooting victims. Less.

Then, of course, his lawyer, Raoul Felder, called her a pig outside court. Before the media. Why? Because she wanted some of that post-9/11 windfall. Now, understand something, New York does not have no fault divorce. You have to have grounds, it can be ugly. And Hanover and her lawyers had the dirt ready to go.

Just short of the part where Hanover would drag his mistresses into court, she had a special hatred for Lategano, Giuliani, flush from recent success, paid her eight million dollars.

I know you could go on about his racist, imperialistic ways, but it was his family where his most cruel and vicious actions were unleashed. It is amazing that he had more contempt for the mother of his children than he did for any politicial opponent, including Al Sharpton.

Which is saying something. He made war on his family like most men make war on enemies.

posted by Steve @ 3:09:00 AM

Gracchi said...

Well that's some resume. Thanks for the details of the post by Gilliard.

I don't really know enough to comment much about this. I would say that in general I try not to judge people on their private lives because its difficult to knwo the inside of a marriage from even the perspective of a close friend let alone an observer in another country, and I'm never sure how germaine it is to office holding. However that does seem to indicate corruption and also a vindictive nature towards public appointees- so maybe if true I'd break my own rule.

To be honest I don't know enough about Guiliani- but thanks for the info- with this kind of dirt around its hard to see how he could become US President unless he has some really good rebuttal.

bill said...

I think Gilliard is important because he represents a viewpoint from NYC's African-American community. There is alot of animosity directed at Guliani because the way he handled police shootings of innocent people of color. He also essentially locked that community out of his administration. Just to be clear: I am white (Irish Catholic). My wife is a former AUSA whom Rudy hired for the Southern District, so on the surface, I should be biased in his favor. (My wife voted for him for mayor.)

Gracchi said...

Cheers Bill. Sorry I wasn't trying to question you- the whole internet thing sometimes makes things sound more aggressive than they are. I just don't know enough but your information is fascinating and Gilliard's stuff really makes you think about Guilliani.