Rapid Fire Politics

Friday, November 30, 2007

Ben Smith, a writer for, and Bob Hardt, the executive producer and political director of New York 1, return to the Politico story about accounting for then-Mayor Giuliani's expenses.

Then we check in with Josh Rogers, the statehouse correspondent for New Hampshire Public Radio, Leroy Chapman, the government and politics editor at The State, the largest newspaper in South Carolina and Jeneane Beck, a political reporter for Iowa Public Radio, to see how the story is playing in their states.


Jeneane Beck, Leroy Chapman, Bob Hardt, Josh Rogers and Ben Smith

Comments [10]

ira krulik from new york

Brian - One of the biggest political stories last week was the breathtaking statement of the pathological liar who is 'married' to the world's most famous 'congenital liar'. President Clinton's June 2004 Time magazine article and his many other post-9/11 statements seem to 'contradict' his new position. I am sure that your very capable and unbiased staff will help prepare a segment next week on 'Clinton veracity', which was somehow overlooked.

Dec. 01 2007 07:06 AM
Dereau from Midtown

It is a big deal. It is a felony.

> "She used the PD as her personal taxi
> service," said one former city official who
> worked for Giuliani.

Sound familiar?

[NY State Comptroller Alan Hevesi's] decision to step down came as Albany prosecutors were preparing to ask a grand jury to indict him on charges of defrauding the government and on other felonies stemming from his use of state employees as chauffeurs and aides to his wife, a law enforcement official said, charges that could have yielded a prison sentence had he been convicted.

Wife or mistress, it's still a felony.

Nov. 30 2007 10:49 AM
Sean Pisano from Brooklyn

Well if the discount Metro Card goes up it won't make sense for me to take the train anymore. I take the subway and the LIRR to work every day it ends up costing me $75.00 a week. With discounts. What will I do if the fair goes up.

Nov. 30 2007 10:41 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I remember when Giuliani used to make claims about what great results his actions were having--things like the WEP (work for your welfare) program--but refused to release the actual statistics that would have shown whether his claims were true, even though the law *requires* those records to be made public. I kept thinking we'd find out the truth once he left office, but Giuliani's staff sneaked the records out of City Hall in the middle of the night & nobody's been able to get at them since.

This is the real story; the Hamptons tabloid fodder is only a small part of it. This should be the issue: Giuliani routinely hid information that the public has a right to, & broke the law to do so. I wonder if Cheney took lessons from him--or the other way around.

Nov. 30 2007 10:35 AM
Mike from Jersey City from Jersey City


Brian, where was the follow-up question when the reporter who wrote one of these articles suggested that the tip on this did not come from the Romney Campaign?

Moreover, how is it that no one identifies Bill Thompson -- the City official most-quoted on this -- as a Hilary supporter?

This seems more like a Clinton move than a Romney tactic.

Nov. 30 2007 10:30 AM
Paulo from Paterson, New Jersey

The thing about muckraking is that it involves raking muck... in other words, it involves uncovering political corruption and not fabricating corruption where there is none. Was the timing intended to be sensational and inflammatory? Absolutely. Does that invalidate it? Hardly.

Nov. 30 2007 10:25 AM
RJ from Brooklyn

Please let's not leave out the argument that among his top mayoral claimsd is how he reduced the size of his budget, since this manipulation reduced the size of the mayoral budget. It's like the claim of reducing the size of govmt when you contract out the same functions--govmt's still paying, only the budget lines change.

Nov. 30 2007 10:23 AM
Donald from Nassau

Couldn't care less about this issue. Nothing but muck raking.

Nov. 30 2007 10:17 AM
The Albany Project from Williamsburg

Rudy committed a felony.

Nov. 30 2007 10:12 AM
Fred in Manhattan

At least Hevesi had public employees drive around a woman he was actually married to:
"Well before it was publicly known he was seeing her, then-married New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani provided a police driver and city car for his mistress Judith Nathan, former senior city officials tell the Blotter on

"She used the PD as her personal taxi service," said one former city official who worked for Giuliani."

All the Republicans who called for and got Hevesi's resignation are, of course hypocrites, but a felony is a felony is a felony.

Nov. 30 2007 10:07 AM

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