While the title of this article may seem obvious to some, I can stay silent no longer. Rudy Giuliani has been near canonized by the GOP faithful ever since his perceived masterful job of handling the 9-11 crisis here in New York. What people forget is at that time he was well on his way to a horrific second term. In the midst of a slew of police brutality, Giuliani found himself consistently siding against the people of the city he represented. Possibly the low point came in the Patrick Dorismond case, where a New Yorker was killed by undercover officers after he was upset that someone, the undercover officer, asked him where he could purchase drugs. In the immediate aftermath Giuliani felt it was appropriate to release Mr. Dorismonds juvenile criminal record to try and disparage the recently departed and take some heat off of the police. When asked why he would release the sealed records Rudys logic was that since the man was now deceased, the records no longer had to remain sealed.
Patrick Dorismond aside, Rudy was well on his way to a disastrous second term when 9-11 came along and saved his political career. What has happened since then though has amounted to this once proud independent thinker becoming nothing more than a shill for the GOP. A man who chastised Bill Clinton for his sexual indiscretions while he was cheating on his wife with someone he referred to as his special friend, Rudy was already schooled in hypocrisy. It was not always that way though. Rudy came to power in New York after a failed Dinkins administration and ran on a platform of what was best for New York City, regardless of party. To that end he endorsed then Governor Mario Cuomo, going against his own party, in Cuomos race against George Pataki. It was that kind of political honesty that was refreshing but unfortunately, that Giuliani began to fade as he became a player in the Republican Party.
A battle with prostate cancer removed Rudy from the scene after he left Gracie Mansion. Although he was not running for any office the GOP began to use him as the shill for any issue they wanted or candidate they offered. Rudy began commercials for Pataki in his second race calling him a real guy and bestowing other accolades upon the man he once went against. Soon he was pimping for any GOP candidate and assuring us New Yorkers that he really knew the people he was endorsing.
Rudy left me a message today though that had me rolling. The bulk of it goes like this:
Hi, this is Rudy Giuliani and I am calling you to urge you to vote no on proposition one this Election Day. Proposition one will allow for uncontrolled government spending and higher taxes Therefore I, Rudy Giuliani, am asking you to vote no on proposition one this Election Day.
Since I was uninformed and suspicious of any endorsement that does not inform me why I should vote a particular way, I decided to do a little research. For the record, proposition one appears to be a way of giving more control to the state legislature when there is a budget impasse with the Governor. New York is one of only four states that have this weak of a legislature. In New York, the budget is notoriously late every year. It appears that this measure is a way to try and curtail some of this. At the core, it takes power away from the Governor and transfers it to the legislature. Since the current Governor is a member of the GOP I can only assume that is the motivation for Rudy insisting I vote no, on this proposition. Organizations such as the New York Public Interest Research Group and Common Cause have come out for a yes vote on this issue saying it is a positive step in the right direction. Common Cause has pointed to secret meetings held by Pataki and the 1199 unions that resulted in a raise for their union members and an endorsement for Pataki as an example of how corrupt the current process is. Voting yes to proposition one will provide more openness to the budgetary process so such secret deals could not happen in the future. That seems to make sense to me.
Rudy on the other hand was nice enough to leave a pre-recorded message telling me to vote no. He would not discuss the specifics of the measure, just vote no. After all he is Rudy Giuliani, Americas Mayor. Thirteen years ago Rudy Giuliani endorsed Mario Cuomo because he thought that was in the best interest of the City of New York. Today he sends me letters and leaves me messages endorsing what is in his best interest and the best interest of the party he whores for. Selling oneself is prostitution whether it is body, mind or ideals. Rudy tells me to vote no on proposition one this Tuesday and that is good enough for me. I am voting yes.