Mayor Rudy Giuliani, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, at the L.A. County Sheriff Headquarters, Monterey Park, California March 5, 2007. Photo By Flap.
Flap set out this morning to cover Mayor Rudy Giuliani in his appearance with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, the Sheriffs of Orange and Riverside county and other law enforcement officials. The Mayor was there to discuss combating crime and gang violence in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.
Flap arrived at 10:00 for the 9:45 AM scheduled event and waited another ten minutes or so before the photo and then the written press were given brief access for what was a press-free or private meeting between the law enforcement officials. This amounted to a photo opportunity while the law enforcement participants discussed issues with the Mayor, Governor and Sheriffs.
We were then ushered out and Flap was able to meet up with some of the Mayor’s traveling campaign staff. No time for a Flap interview today but was promised later that one would be afforded him at the earliest opportunity.
Out in the hot sun all of the press awaited a post-session news conference.
Here is the video (in two parts) of the news conference:
The news conference proceeded and questions were asked. The first was one regarding crime and state funding and the Governor gave a rambling answer promising increased funding for anti-crime programs.
Then, the press focused its attention on the Mayor.
Mayor, asked an unnamed reporter, about statements made by your son, Andrew.
This is a question in follow-up from the New York Times piece: Noticeably Absent From the Giuliani Campaign: His Children
Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani asked for privacy on Monday to deal with strained relationships within his family, including his son’s complaints about his third wife.
Campaigning in Southern California, Giuliani faced questions about his family after his son, Andrew, publicly said their relationship had become distant after Giuliani’s messy divorce from Andrew’s mother, Donna Hanover, and his later marriage to Judith Nathan.
“My wife Judith is a very loving and caring … mother and stepmother. She has done everything she can. The responsibility is mine,” the former New York mayor told reporters gathered outside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s headquarters.
“I believe that these problems with blended families, you know, are challenges â€” sometimes they are,” he said. “The more privacy I can have for my family, the better we are going to be able to deal with all these difficulties.”
The New York Times reported last weekend that Andrew Giuliani and his father have recently tried to reconcile after not speaking “for a decent amount of time.” In the Times article, Andrew attributed the strained relationship to Mrs. Giuliani, saying, “There’s obviously a little problem that exists between me and his wife.”
In a statement to ABC News’ “Good Morning America,” Andrew Giuliani said: “I got my values from my mother. She’s a strong influence in my life. She’s a strong woman. I have problems with my father, but that doesn’t mean he won’t make a good president.”
There was a follow-up question and the news conference ended.
It was hot in Los Angeles today with clear skies and the temperature around 85 + degrees. So, Flap made his way to the gentlemans to wash his face and heard interesting conversations regarding the Mayor.
Law enforcement officials including the Sheriff of Orange County, Mike Carona were appalled at the press corp for asking Rudy personal family questions. Words used in the conversations were “morons” referring to the press; they (the press ) build them up (politicians) and then tear them down; this was a “terrible question;” “I think he will be elected President;” The question was “below the belt.”
These were very interesting observations of California law enforcement officers and voters – social conservatives, one might say, who were disatisfied with the airing of the Mayor’s family life – dirty linen.
For many years it was an unwritten rule in the press to not go after a presidential candidate’s children.
Has this rule changed?
It is apparent that the liberal press is pushing the envelope – in order to discredit Giuliani.
The “POLITICS OF PERSONAL DESTRUCTION?”
This is an intentional attempt to HURT the Mayor and bring him down a notch. And it does HURT him personally.
Will it hurt Rudy politically?
After all, there is nothing NEW here.
However, the New York Times and other media outlets have sunk to a new LOW.
Hizzoner moved onto fundraising this evening:
Giuliani, New York City’s mayor from 1994-2001, was also scheduled to attend a $2,300-per-person campaign fund-raiser at the Brentwood home of former ambassador Rockwell Schnable and his wife Marna. According to the entertainment trade newspaper Daily Variety, the event’s co-hosts include actor John O’Hurley and Oscar- and Emmy-nominated screenwriter Lionel Chetwynd.
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