Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani greets supporters at a Houston restaurant Tuesday, June 19, 2007.
Newday had this “HIT” piece earier in the day implying that Rudy would rather make money than be on the Iraq Study Group.
Well, since the Iraq Study Group issued a POS report that was largely ignored by the President, Flap thinks he would have done the same.
But, that wasn’t why Rudy quit.
Said a Giuliani campaign official:
“Once again, the paper wrote a story with little regard to the facts. The facts are these – as someone considered a potential presidential candidate, the Mayor didnâ€™t want the groupâ€™s work to become a political football. That, coupled with time constraints, led to his decision.”
The sensitivity — as demonstrated by the shot at a news organization — reflects the danger of the story. It’s not just that he missed two sessions of the panel, but that he did so because he was giving paid speeches.
Or, as Newsday puts it in newspaper-ese, “By giving up his seat on the panel, Giuliani has opened himself up to charges that he chose private-sector paydays and politics over unpaid service on a critical issue facing the nation.”
In fairness to Rudy, though, many of us in the press probably would have been squawking about conflict-of-interest matters had he stayed on the panel through December, by which point his presidential ambitions had become obvious.
So, BFD for nothing.
Gad, anything for a story.
When the good news is that you lose your Iowa campaign chair to the OMB, you know you had a bad day. But how bad?
A pretty bad day!
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