August 17, 2007


Public Displays of Disaffection: Now Rudy begs for privacy for his kids? Recalling his very public humiliation of his family (Wayne Barrett, August 14th, 2007, Village Voice)

Why are the following samples from the Caroline grievance list irrelevant to the character test we apply to our presidential candidates?

Giuliani brought her to City Hall for Take Your Daughter to Work Day in 1994 and 1995, the first two years of his mayoral term, and never brought her again. By 1996, the relationship between Giuliani and his twentysomething press secretary had so poisoned the marriage that all such family events were impossible. In fact, Giuliani took a family vacation in November 1993, shortly after his election, and never took another one in his life. His family was so invisible in his public life that neither Donna nor the kids attended his victory party when he won re-election in 1997, and Donna refused to tell reporters at the polls if she voted for him. On the night of the millennium, with a billion people watching Giuliani drop the ball on a new century, Caroline, son Andrew, and Donna had their own small party in an office tower overlooking Times Square. Though Giuliani was still months away from publicly revealing his relationship with Nathan, he squired her around all evening�to the city facility at the square, the new emergency-command center, and a party he hosted at a nearby caf�.

Once Giuliani filed for divorce, he brought Nathan to a Gracie Mansion event, which sparked a court ruling barring her from the premises in the interests of the children. The judge branded his lawyer's public tirades "embarrassing and no doubt painful for these children." Giuliani complained in court that he wanted to introduce Nathan to the kids on Father's Day in 2001 and that Donna had blocked it. She might have still have been smarting from Father's Day in 1995�a day of revelation for her�when Rudy told reporters after a morning event that he was going back to the mansion to play ball with Andrew, but instead went to a deserted City Hall and headed for a basement suite with his ever-present press secretary. An enraged Donna arrived three hours later, only to be stopped from entering the suite by a Giuliani aide.

The breakup was so botched that everyone is still scarred. The kids aren't listed on Giuliani's website bio. Donna wasn't acknowledged in a four-page list of the hundreds of important people in Giuliani's life at the end of his bestseller Leadership, though the dog Goalie did get a thank-you. Giuliani didn't go to Andrew's high-school graduation, and, just a couple of months ago, he insisted on bringing Nathan to Caroline's. He and Judi wound up sitting in the balcony and leaving without speaking to her. No wonder Caroline told reporters at the graduation: "I am celebrating with my mom, my stepfather, my brother, and our other family members."

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2007 10:55 AM

The difference between Rudy and Bill is not in how they treated their families, but in how their families were willing to be treated.

Posted by: Ibid at August 17, 2007 12:05 PM

Bill stayed with Chelsea's mother. That's all the difference in the world.

Posted by: oj at August 17, 2007 2:46 PM

For '08, the more important question is why did Chelsea's mother stay with Bill.

Posted by: Ibid at August 18, 2007 9:55 AM

They have a political pact.

Posted by: Genecis at August 18, 2007 12:14 PM