January 7, 2007


Giuliani fears ex-wife will hit presidential bid (Times of London, 1/07/07)

THERE is one woman who could cause Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, more problems than Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House: she is Donna Hanover, his second wife, writes Sarah Baxter.

Hanover, an actress and broadcaster, was enraged by Giuliani’s flagrant infidelity towards the end of their 18-year marriage and the divorce case was vicious. Giuliani’s advisers fear that she could be a loose cannon in the 2008 campaign.

Giuliani was acclaimed as the “mayor of America” for his heroic role during the attacks on September 11, 2001 and is revered for his leadership. At the time he was living in the spare room of an apartment belonging to gay friends after Hanover forced him out of Gracie Mansion, the official residence.

It's so easy to deep six his campaign it's hard to believe he'll bother running.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2007 6:16 PM

Or no one will care......

Posted by: Sandy P at January 7, 2007 7:02 PM

Hanover comes across as a rhymes with witch. He'll get the sympathy vote.

Posted by: erp at January 7, 2007 8:03 PM

Same sympathy vote that as Mark Foley got.

Posted by: sam at January 7, 2007 8:50 PM

He'd have made a nice senator or governor. This state could use some Republican leadership.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at January 7, 2007 9:36 PM

If not for his serial infidelity, Bill Clinton might have won a second term.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at January 7, 2007 11:39 PM

The one thing a politician can't afford is to seem a weirdo--moving out on the wife and into the gay love nest is weird.

Posted by: oj at January 7, 2007 11:40 PM

Although I believe McCain's first wife won't speak ill of him, the circumstances surrounding their divorce are pretty ugly, too.

Posted by: Hunter at January 8, 2007 4:58 AM

Are you implying that Rudy is gay?

Rudy moved out of the mayor's residence, Gracie Mansion, because Hanover wouldn't. Gay love nest? Two old friends hovering over his honor like mother hens.

Foley was/is a pervert. Where's the comparison?

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2007 8:08 AM

Don"t bother trying to persuade Orrin. He's drunk the McCain Kool-Aid.

What IS interesting is that Orrin feels compelled to keep knocking down Giuliani. This proves that Orrin doesn't really believe the "McCain is a shoo-in" nonsense he peddles here. The tempermental senator has real problems with the GOP base that may well sink him in 2008, just as they did in 2000. Orrin knows this all too well, which is why he keeps bashing Rudy.

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 8, 2007 9:54 AM

Although it hurts me to pen it, we readers may not be numerous enough to influence the 2008 election.

Posted by: ed at January 8, 2007 10:41 AM

"Birds of a Feather" was a funny movie. Rudy isn't going to win or lose based on where he lived after he left Gracie Mansion.

But McCain may just erupt if someone asks why he drove his first wife to drugs. He won't cry like Muskie, but he may get arrested for assault.

Posted by: ratbert at January 8, 2007 10:53 AM

Didn't Kerry drive his first wife nuts too? It's prerequisite for pretenders to the throne.

Posted by: erp at January 8, 2007 12:41 PM

I don't support Senator McCain. He's just going to win for the same reasons W, Dole, GHWB, Reagan and Ford did.

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2007 12:53 PM

If Orrin doesn't spport McCain, he's doing a real good imitation. Anyway, the latest CBS poll confirms what everybody else says: Giuliani has a big edge in favorables among Republicans compared to the Arizona hothead. Rudy's at 63/9 fav/unfav vs. McCain's 48/10.

Basically, McCain has to hope that Republicans don't vote in Republican primaries. He does slightly better than Giuliani among Dems and indies. Sounds like the same as 2000 vs. Bush, and we know how that turned out.

By the way, there's an Investor Business Daily poll which shows that either Rudy or McCain would beat all three of the top Dem contenders - Hillary, Obama and Edwards. Romney loses to all three (surprise - not).

Posted by: Casey Abell at January 8, 2007 3:43 PM

What does supporting him have to do with realizing he'll win in a walkover?

Posted by: oj at January 8, 2007 5:49 PM