November 25, 2007

THE ENTIRE CANDIDACY BOILS DOWN TO JUST ONE DAY:

Giuliani's Critics Point to Cronyism: Appointments While Mayor Are Said to Tarnish His Leadership Credentials (Alec MacGillis, 11/25/07, Washington Post)

Giuliani's close association with Kerik, especially his lobbying of the Bush administration three years ago to make his former associate the secretary of homeland security, threatens to undermine one of the central arguments of his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination: that he is a superior leader who would bring to the White House high standards and a level of managerial acumen that many, including Republicans, say is missing under President Bush.

Giuliani's critics say that while he is justifiably praised for his leadership in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, his advancement of Kerik, his former chauffeur, was part of a pattern of rewarding loyalty over competence in personnel decisions. "It's pretty clear that his judgment on political appointments was weighted more heavily to cronies and friends than to quality," said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, which has endorsed Sen. Christopher J. Dodd (D-Conn.) for president and has turned sharply against Giuliani after supporting him early in his mayoralty. "Are we going to have a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who's a private first class but who happens to be a friend? Are we going to have a law clerk who becomes attorney general?"

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 25, 2007 5:24 PM
Comments

Anything the Fire Fighters say about Rudy is going to be heavily partisan, no matter what. And Dodd is virtually a Marxist on foreign policy, so does that make the union communist?

With the experienced core of advisors who have signed up with Rudy, this kind of stuff won't be happening at the Presidential level.

Posted by: ratbert at November 26, 2007 1:15 AM

How different is it from firing every one from the White House Travel Office and replacing the head with the president's 20 something cousin?

Posted by: ic at November 26, 2007 4:33 AM

No different. Rudy is a cattier version of Hillary.

Posted by: oj at November 26, 2007 7:25 AM

Goldwater's was a libertine personality, which is why he only ever made any sense when he was a mouthpiece for Bozell.

Posted by: oj at November 26, 2007 7:27 AM
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