Saturday, March 31, 2007


Bern, Baby Bern...

The former Department of Homeland Security nominee is facing some felony charges, according to The Washington Post. His ex-business partner (and former boss), Rudy Giuliani now admits that vouching for Kerik to the White House was a "mistake."

No kidding.

On the list of items that individuals running for president don't exactly like, any sentence that has "felony" and "former business partner/employee" in close proximity to one another is high on the list.

It should be noted that the potential charges facing Kerik focus on when he ran the Department of Corrections and the information he gave the feds during his DHS background check; they don't appear to focus on when he was police commissioner (though that, of course, raises questions like, "So, how did you manage to stop being a crook while when you were commissioner, Mr. Kerik?"). Another set of words that Republican presidential candidates don't like hearing close to one another -- "conspiracy to commit illegal wiretapping":
In addition to charges involving false information and tax law, the U.S. attorney's office in New York City is also threatening to charge Kerik with conspiracy to commit illegal wiretapping in his dealings with the 2006 GOP candidate for New York attorney general, Jeanine F. Pirro, the sources said.
One of the more interesting anecdotes during Kerik's tenure as police commissioner involved publisher Judith Regan (of the O.J. book fiasco). Regan, Kerik's then-girlfriend (or, one of them, at least) lost her cell phone and necklace and became convinced that Fox News employees had taken them. So, the staffers were quite surprised to find members of New York's Finest -- murder detectives, no less! -- on their doorstep asking about the lost property.

Now, that's a great use of taxpayer monies, no?

So, between that and Mr. Giuliani's latest wife, is it any wonder that a few New Yorkers like to practice their favorite Cary Grant impression ("Judy, Judy, Judy")?

Since the following appears in the pages of a certain New York tabloid that does not employ this writer, I can't independently confirm it, but the above does give it a certain ring of validity:

Murdoch also had an opinion on Rudy. Our source reports the News Corp. chief said: "Giuliani is a one-man show. He doesn't attract good people. But I don't think any of them can beat Giuliani for the Republican nomination."

Emphasis added.

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