Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Born:May 28, 1944 (age 67), Brooklyn, New York

Spouse(s): Regina Peruggi (m. 1968, div. 1982, ann. 1983), Donna Hanover (m. 1984, div. 2002), Judith Nathan (m. 2003)

Children : Andrew, Caroline

Residence : New York, New York

Alma mater: Manhattan College, New York University

Profession: Lawyer, Businessman

Religion: Roman Catholic

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Political Career :

  • In 1982 Barbour was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, but lost to longtime incumbent John C. Stennis
  • Barbour later served as a political aide in the Reagan White House and worked on the 1988 Presidential campaign ofGeorge H.W. Bush
  • In 1991, Barbour founded Barbour & Rogers, LLC, a Washington based lobbying firm.
  • In 1993, Barbour became chairman of the Republican National Committee and oversaw the historic Republican Revolution of 1994 when the G.O.P. captured both houses of the Congress and most notably the House of Representatives which they took control of for the first time in forty years.
  • In 2003, Barbour was elected Governor of Mississippi with 53 percent of the vote to his opponent, incumbent Democrat Ronnie Musgrove’s 46 percent. Barbour became just the second Republican governor elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction.
  • In2007 Barbour won reelection in a landslide and continues to be a popular Governor with support from Democrats and Republicans alike.


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Policy Positions

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Giuliani was educated at Manhattan College (A.B., 1965) and New York University (J.D., 1968). Beginning in 1970, he worked for the U.S. government, holding positions in the office of the U.S. attorney and in the Department of Justice. From 1977 to 1981 he practiced law privately but in 1981 returned to the Justice Department as associate attorney general. In 1983 he was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Early in his political career Giuliani became affiliated with the Republican Party. After being narrowly defeated in 1989, he won election as mayor in 1993, the first Republican to hold the position in two decades. He promised to reform the city’s finances and to crack down on crime, and he was credited with success in both areas. He cut expenditures by, among other things, trimming the city’s workforce and winning concessions from unions. The mayor encouraged the police to take an aggressive stance against even minor infractions of the law, even litterers, jaywalkers, and reckless cabdrivers were ticketed as lawbreakers. This campaign earned him the sobriquet the Nanny of New York. However, the crime rate fell, and the mayor claimed that New York had become a more civilized place.

Giuliani had his detractors, however. Critics pointed out that he was taking credit for a crime decrease that was part of a nationwide trend. Further, in several incidents involving charges of police brutality, the mayor seemed to be defending officers’ misconduct. To some critics the mayor’s actions could be petty, as when he refused to meet visiting dignitaries if he disagreed with their policies. In a highly publicized incident in 1999, the mayor denounced a controversial exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum of Art that included works that many observers found offensive or sacrilegious. He attempted to withdraw funding for the museum but was overruled in court. Nonetheless, the mayor generally maintained high approval ratings, and there was speculation that he would run for the U.S. Senate in 2000. However, following the disclosures that he had prostate cancer and that he was separating from his wife, Donna Hanover, Giuliani announced in May 2000 that he would not run.

On September 11, 2001, New York City became the scene of the deadliest terrorist attack in the United States after hijackers flew commercial airplanes into the twin towers of the World Trade Center, killing some 2,800 people ( September 11 attacks). Giuliani drew high praise for his handling of the situation, and there were calls that he run for a third term, even though New York City law barred a mayor from serving more than two consecutive terms. Giuliani, however, decided not to seek reelection. He received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his efforts in the wake of the attacks.

Leadership, which Giuliani cowrote with Ken Kurson, was published in 2002. In 2007 Giuliani announced that he would seek the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2008. His platform focused on national security, and he was an early front-runner. By concentrating his campaign efforts on the Florida primary, however, he conceded nearly a month of caucuses and primaries to other candidates. He withdrew from the race in late January 2008 after finishing a distant third in Florida.

Reproduced from bio.com

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According to Politico’s Maggie Haberman [October 26, 2010]during his portrait unveiling at City Hall Rudy Giuliani told her that when it comes to the possibility of running for President in 2012 “the door’s not closed” . Haberman and others report that the former two term Republican of heavily Democrat New York City, has also spoken to GOP donors and fundraiser and other insiders about the possibilities. But as Rudy proved when he was Mayor, his actions speak louder than his words.

Personally, I do not see this happening though.

I don’t see Rudy running in a primary that winning will require him to run much further to the right than was required in 2008 and much further to the right than he is comfortable with. In his failed 2008 attempt at getting the Republican presidential nomination Giuliani failed miserably and never gained traction in Iowa or New Hampshire and he is not likely to fare much better 4 years later, especially since he has largely been out of sight and out of mind.

In the past Rudy was the man to be seen with. Candidates from California to Kennebunport clamored to be seen with him. Flash ahead four or five years and the hottest commodity from the Northeast to campaign with is not Rudy, it is the Governor from across the Hudson in New Jersey, Chris Christie.

I suspect that Rudy can still raise a pretty penny and make a run for it. He could want to angle for a cabinet job, maybe Secretary of Housing and Urban Development or Homeland Security Secretary. He could just want to cap his career off with a more cushy position such as Ambassador to Italy or the the Holy Sea ………. every Italian politician’s dream job. But other than that, Rudy is probably not a very bright spot on the Republican presidential radar. At most he can be a player and if New York State could happen to be in play insofar as the race for its electoral votes being competitive, Giuliani could be quite influential in Upstate New York and even in New York City where he could keep Democrats numbers down for for Democrats in their strongest region. But other than that, Rudy’s presidential star has seen its brightest days.

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One Response

  1. Rudy Giuliani deserves better than to have Haley Barbour’s political career story posted where Rudy’s should be. Please fix this error in the site page.

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