November 28, 2007

Steve posted about this latest Rudy scandal that broke just yesterday afternoon, and to Anderson Cooper's credit, he at least made sure Rudy was called on it during last night's CNN YouTube debate.

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Rudy says "it wasn't true" (really? what part?) and that he had "nothing to do with the handling" of the records. As Josh Marshall says "Rudy isn't denying anything. He's just saying he's not responsible." Cooper didn't follow up (ok, it was short notice) to try and get him to explain why then were his travel costs, which included at least 11 trips to the Hamptons "during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons," later split up and billed to obscure agencies that had nothing to do with the mayor's security detail. What's more, former NYC mayor Ed Koch believes Rudy "acted improperly and appeared to be covering something up" and that providing then-mistress Judy with "her own personal protection (when she was not a member of the first family) constituted an even more flagrant misuse of taxpayer money." Oh, snap! The Blotter has more.

Even if we were to be so gullible as to just take Rudy at his word (and we won't, but will the msm?) that he had nothing to do with the cooking of the books to hide his travel expenses, does this Enron-for-philanderers accounting system really sound like the answer to our current federal budget woes?

UPDATE: (Nicole) Oh, this is getting better and better... Cliff Schecter has video of city officials telling ABC News that Giuliani homewrecker Judy Nathan used the NYPD "as a taxi service."

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