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The Problem With Reinventing Rudy Giuliani As A “Family Values” Guy…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2007

…is that his own children, who he once gleefully used as campaign-ad props, want nothing to do with him:

Andrew Giuliani has been at his father’s side in campaign commercials and inaugurations since he was a toddler, famously bounding across the stage in a rambunctious manner and mimicking his father’s rhetorical flourishes during Mr. Giuliani’s 1994 mayoral inauguration.

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But Mr. Giuliani’s relationship with Andrew has grown strained and distant since his very public and bitter divorce from Andrew’s mother, Donna Hanover, and his marriage to Judith Nathan, according to Andrew and others familiar with the relationship.

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In a telephone interview yesterday, Andrew, a sophomore and member of the golf team at Duke University, acknowledged having had difficulties with Ms. Nathan, and said that he and his father had recently tried to reconcile after not speaking “for a decent amount of time.”

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Similarly, a distance appears to have developed between Mr. Giuliani and his daughter, now a high school senior who is to attend Harvard University in September.

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Mr. Giuliani’s three marriages have already bubbled up as an issue. In February, Ann Romney, the wife of Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, noted that her husband “had only one wife” — comparing him to other leading Republican candidates who had gone through divorces.

And check this out:

Some campaign Web sites highlight pictures of candidates with family members, but Mr. Giuliani’s does not mention his children, though it includes photographs and mentions of Ms. Nathan.

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Mr. Giuliani once prided himself on attending all his children’s events and went to Andrew’s high school football games and Caroline’s plays. But he stopped at some point after his marriage to Ms. Nathan in 2003. He missed his son’s graduation, in 2005, and his daughter’s plays in the last 18 months, said people who attended those events.

Too bad, kiddos.  You’re no longer young and cute enough to bounce on his knee while the press guys snap photos.  Besides, Judith Nathan — aka Wife Number Three — is much more important to him now.

Posted in hypocrites, marriage, Republicans acting badly, Rudy Giuliani | 2 Comments »

Knock Me Down With A Feather

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 4, 2007

The surprising thing isn’t that Ann Coulter used a slur against gays to attack John Edwards at a convention of conservatives and Republicans.  Or that she was cheered wildly for it.

No, the real surprise is that John McCain and Rudy Giuliani called her on it.  (Though they did wait to do so until after the reality-based part of the blogosphere had spread the news of Coulter’s comments — and the crowd’s reaction — far and wide.)

Posted in gay rights, John McCain, Rudy Giuliani | 4 Comments »

 
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