August 24, 2006


Giuliani Aide Found Strangled in Manhattan (RUSSELL BERMAN, August 24, 2006, NY Sun)

A man who once served as a press secretary to Mayor Giuliani was strangled to death in his Greenwich Village home Monday night as an apparent tryst turned fatal, police said.

The body of Martín Barreto, 49, was found lying naked on the bed of his eighth floor apartment in the Albert building at 23 E. 10th St., near University Place. He died of "asphyxia due to compression of the neck" and his death has been ruled a homicide, the medical examiner's office said yesterday.

No arrests have been made. Police were looking for two people who they believe entered his apartment Monday evening based on interviews with a doorman at the building, sources said. There were no signs of a break-in, and the door was locked when police entered the home. An open condom wrapper and lubricant were found near the body, the sources said.

Which is why Rudy can't win GOP primaries.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 24, 2006 8:41 AM

Right. The Inquisitor in me said, "queer!" as soon as I saw the article's headline, even before seeing the unpleasant details.

Why is this a problem? Because we have seen what a stranglehold (har, har) the alternate lifestyle set has on Philadelphia politics. They are like Iranian mullahs, with a behind-the-scenes veto, or at least a chop, on everything that happens.

This in turn bodes ill for the candidate's independence on all sort of issues pertaining to questions of family values, abortion, public education, and even gun rights. Militant minorities, the Catalinarians who "lust after new things," side with the state against civil society just because they yearn for the state to wield the apparatus of state coercion to transform society.

Posted by: Lou Gots at August 24, 2006 10:10 AM

Shouldn't cause Guiliani a problem. Lyndon Johnson's best "buddy" Walter Jenkins was arrested in a mens room at the YMCA immediately prior the 1964 election.

Posted by: h-man at August 24, 2006 10:31 AM

LBJ didn't face Rove in a SC primary.

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 10:47 AM

I'm sure this will be a real hot issue two years from now in the GOP primaries. I know OJ has drunk the McCain Kool-Aid, but this is riciculous.

Posted by: Casey Abell at August 24, 2006 11:14 AM

His stance on homosexuality is the problem--living with a gay couple and stuff like this is just fuel for the fire.

Did you anticipate McCain's mulatto love child being a problem last time?

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 11:24 AM

Odd... I was sure this is how Clinton's obit would read.

Posted by: lebeaux at August 24, 2006 12:12 PM

So Rudy having a gay associate will be more negative with the GOP base than McCain's trashing of the GOP base since 2000?

Agree with Casey - McCain will self-destruct with lots of help from the MSM (as they turn on him) before getting the GOP nomination. But OJ will not hear of it.

Posted by: AWW at August 24, 2006 1:11 PM

The GOP base likes McCain--he's a conservative. They like Giuliani, because they know nothing about him. Karl Rove will get to fill in Giuliani's blanks and being not just pro-gay but part of the gay culture will hurt him.

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 1:16 PM

America saw plenty of Giuliani up-close on 9/11/01: reassuring, calm, showing leadership. That's what presidents do.

Posted by: Gideon at August 24, 2006 2:51 PM

An illusion.

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 3:00 PM

"The GOP base likes McCain" - not really. Take Hillary away as an opponent and the GOP base wants someone else. McCain's stick is, like Kerry in '04, is that he is the only one who can win. As this facade falls away the GOP base won't be willing to go for Mr. MSM/CFR/Gang of 12/anti-tax cut/anti-GOP opportunist/pro-amnesty/Ted Kennedy best buddy Senator.

Posted by: AWW at August 24, 2006 3:19 PM


Not according to any poll of Republicans is that true.

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 3:57 PM

It's just a sneak preview of the new CSI NY series.

Posted by: erp at August 24, 2006 6:15 PM

OJ - you know as well as I that polls 2 years ahead of the election are mostly based on name recognition. Wasn't there a GOP straw poll in SC or NC a few months back where McCain finished almost dead last? The GOP blogger base doesn't like him. You argue they don't represent the party. Fine. Rush and Hannity don't like him either. Now you're talking a lot more people.

I don't want to argue this with you for the next 2 years. I will agree to disagree with you on this.

I can certainly see McCain getting the GOP nod. However, I can also see that he has alienated a good part of the GOP base and draws most of his support from moderates and independents who are no guarantee to support him vs. a decent Dem. He gets fawning coverage from the MSM which will surely disappear once he gets the GOP nod. Finally, he, like Kerry, can get stuck in Senate speak which makes him sound like he's flip flopping. In sum, I believe he is a flawed candidate that will be exposed in the general and lose the White House.

Posted by: AWW at August 24, 2006 10:40 PM

"blogger base" I assume that's meant as a joke.

Posted by: oj at August 24, 2006 11:28 PM

As far as I know, Rove doesn't plan to work for (or against) any GOP candidate in 2008.

I think he will mainly be interested in ensuring that the next president won't throw away the gains made in the GWOT.

Posted by: J Baustian at August 27, 2006 12:18 AM

The GWOT's a means, not an end. He's already helping McCain.

Posted by: oj at August 27, 2006 12:34 AM