Friday :: Mar 30, 2007

Rudy's Kerik Problem


by Steve

Another Republican with a bad memory:

Rudolph W. Giuliani told a grand jury that his former chief investigator remembered having briefed him on some aspects of Bernard B. Kerik’s relationship with a company suspected of ties to organized crime before Mr. Kerik’s appointment as New York City police commissioner, according to court records.
Mr. Giuliani, testifying last year under oath before a Bronx grand jury investigating Mr. Kerik, said he had no memory of the briefing, but he did not dispute that it had taken place, according to a transcript of his testimony.
Mr. Giuliani’s testimony amounts to a significantly new version of what information was probably before him in the summer of 2000 as he was debating Mr. Kerik’s appointment as the city’s top law enforcement officer. Mr. Giuliani had previously said that he had never been told of Mr. Kerik’s entanglement with the company before promoting him to the police job or later supporting his failed bid to be the nation’s homeland security secretary.
In his testimony, given in April 2006, Mr. Giuliani indicated that he must have simply forgotten that he had been briefed on one or more occasions as part of the background investigation of Mr. Kerik before his appointment to the police post.
When you read this story, you find that Giuliani shares a character flaw with Bush: both value loyalty above integrity, competence, and honesty. Giuliani to this day supports Kerik because of his alleged service to the city and the country, and has little concern for Kerik’s lies, questionable business dealings, and misuses of public funds. Giuliani says if he knew about Kerik's problems, he wouldn't have supported him for DHS head, yet Rudy knew about these problems when he made him New York police commissioner.

Giuliani is more like George W. Bush than the media can imagine. Both are convinced of their own righteousness, and both don't like dissenting views or criticism. But Bush at least has core principles that he isn’t willing to abandon, even when he is clearly wrong. Giuliani will adapt to whatever the American Taliban want of him to get the nomination, and will flip-flop on his past positions willingly. But both men stick with their friends, at the expense of public interest.

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