By- Suzie-Q @ 10:35 PM MST
By any reasonable measure, Rudy Giuliani’s many scandalous associations should effectively end his presidential campaign, but it’s Bernie Kerik that should embarrass Giuliani to the point of humiliation.
Today, the NYT offers a detailed, comprehensive look at the bizarre relationship between the former NYC mayor and his disgraced former police commissioner. The piece adds some details that I hadn’t seen before, all of which makes Giuliani look even worse. (Yes, apparently that’s possible.)
There are, for example, the warnings Giuliani received about Kerik’s suspected ties to organized crime, before Giuliani made him police commissioner. Asked about the allegations, Giuliani initially said, “I was not informed of it.” Later, Giuliani testified that he couldn’t remember if his city investigations commissioner, Edward J. Kuriansky, briefed him on Kerik’s alleged criminal activity.
But a review of Mr. Kuriansky’s diaries, and investigators’ notes from a 2004 interview with him, now indicate that such a session indeed took place. What is more, Mr. Kuriansky also recalled briefing one of Mr. Giuliani’s closest aides, Dennison Young Jr., about Mr. Kerik’s entanglements with the company just days before the police appointment, according to the diaries he compiled at the time and his later recollection to the investigators.
The additional evidence raises questions not only about the precision of Mr. Giuliani’s recollection, but also about how a man who proclaims his ability to pick leaders came to overlook a jumble of disturbing information about Mr. Kerik, even as he pushed him for two crucial government positions.
“Rudy can fall for people big time, and sometimes qualifications are secondary to loyalty,” said Fran Reiter, a former Giuliani deputy mayor who now supports Hillary Clinton. “If he gets it in his head he trusts you, he is extremely loyal.”
Why does this sound so familiar? A chief executive who’ll put loyalty above merit, even if that means putting suspected criminals in positions of power and authority — just what the country needs right now.
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