Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, right, is seen with Sean Hannity while on the set of Hannity and Colmes on the Fox News Channel in New York on Monday, Feb. 5, 2007. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor whose popularity soared after his response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, moved closer Monday to a full-fledged campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani “has leveraged his image as ‘America’s mayor’ to his decided financial advantage and in ways that belie his man-of-the-people persona,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
The paper says Giuliani (bio) earns $100,000 — plus expenses — for each speech. And he gives a lot of speeches. In 2002, the former mayor estimated his annual income from speaking engagements at $8 million. He earns millions more as a consultant, including at least $1 million from firms “tied to criminal or regulatory missteps,” according to the Tribune.
This piece written by Andrew Zajac of the Chicago Tribune’s Washington Bureau is crap. It implies by innuendo that Rudy Giuliani has illegally or somehow unethically profited in business. And that he has used the 9/11 terror attacks for his own personal enrichment.
And there is evidence, where?
Because Hizzoner commands a certain fee, contracts and fulfills his contractual obligations, he has done something wrong, unethical or illegal? It is unethical to fly in a private jet, when you pay for it yourself?
Because an Australian organization nets a small sum after expenses, that is Rudy’s fault?
Because courts set aside awards for fees for Giuliani’s consulting company, there is something wrong? Courts set aside and modify fee awards all of the time.
So, what is Zajac’s point?
Look at the Comments at the end of the USA Today article:
The comments tell it all.
So, is the Clinton Cabal and the MSM starting to go after Rudy?
And you really thought that the 2008 Presidential campaign was going to be about issues facing the United States?
Rudolph Giuliani, seen here at Ground Zero in October 2001, is a charismatic former New York mayor who was catapulted to hero status for his response to the September 11 attacks of 2001, earning the title “America’s Mayor.”
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