Rudy Giuliani is a known crackpot. He screams and tantrums on television and on Twitter, and he’s become the butt of political jokes in recent years; ever since he hooked up with Trump, to be exact. Giuliani used to be a beloved Mayor of New York City during and after 9/11. His picture was plastered all over every paper and television in the early 2000’s, and he was revered for his work.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
Now, a memoir penned by Ny’s former governor claims that Giuliani tried to stop the mayoral election shortly after 9/11 so that he could stay in power.
According to NY Post:
Rudy Giuliani secretly asked then-New York Gov. George Pataki to cancel New York City’s 2001 mayoral election so he could remain in office following the Sept. 11 terror attack, a new book reveals.
The bombshell disclosure is contained in Pataki’s upcoming memoir of 9/11, “Beyond the Great Divide: How A Nation Became A Neighborhood.”
The report continues:
In an excerpt obtained by The Post, Pataki recalls how he attended a press conference with Giuliani and then-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at Manhattan’s Pier 92 on Sept. 24, 2001.
As they began leaving, Giuliani — who a day before had been hailed as “America’s mayor” by Oprah Winfrey during a Yankee Stadium prayer service — asked Pataki for a “private meeting” and they walked into a small room to talk.
Following an exchange of the “usual formalities,” Giuliani “dropped a bomb,” Pataki writes. “Governor, you have extraordinary powers to extend my term in office,” Giuliani said.
The former governor was put in quite a tough spot, and was admittedly bewildered by the assumption that he could simply appoint Giuliani as the next mayor without allowing the people of NYC to vote. The report reveals that:
Pataki’s “heart sank,” he writes, noting that he initially backed the idea of repealing term limits so Giuliani, a fellow Republican, could seek a third term, but quickly realized it was a “bad idea both as a matter of principle and politically.”
He also describes Giuliani’s implicit request as a desperation move following an “off-the-radar public relations campaign” in which Giuliani’s team tried, but failed, to “influence lawmakers through the media.”
Pataki writes that his “mind raced” as he told himself, “Are you really, right now, after a terror attack on our state, our city, asking me to just cancel the entire election? I am a conservative. We respect the law. For God’s sake, you’re a prosecutor! You know the law.”
That gives great insight into the thought process of this former prosecutor’s respect for the law, or clear lack thereof. Giuliani doesn’t care about law and order, he cares about remaining on top and relevant in politics. After a lifetime of friendship with Donald Trump, Giuliani decided to jump on the Trump train in 2015, and it was the worst decision he’s ever made in his life. Aside from maybe marrying his cousin.