Skip to comments.Giuliani fears ex-wife will hit presidential bid
Posted on 01/07/2007 11:46:24 AM PST by wagglebee
THERE is one woman who could cause Rudy Giuliani, the former New York mayor, more problems than Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House: she is Donna Hanover, his second wife, writes Sarah Baxter.
Hanover, an actress and broadcaster, was enraged by Giulianis flagrant infidelity towards the end of their 18-year marriage and the divorce case was vicious. Giulianis advisers fear that she could be a loose cannon in the 2008 campaign.
Giuliani was acclaimed as the mayor of America for his heroic role during the attacks on September 11, 2001 and is revered for his leadership. At the time he was living in the spare room of an apartment belonging to gay friends after Hanover forced him out of Gracie Mansion, the official residence.
Hanover refused to confirm that she would vote for Giuliani as mayor of New York even when she was married to him. What kind of wife is that? Raoul Felder, Giulianis lawyer, fumed. Shes essentially saying shes not going to vote for him.
Hanover once stood outside a shower at Gracie Mansion, expecting to confront Judith Nathan, Giulianis mistress, now his third wife. In the event, a startled golfing friend of Giulianis emerged.
Hanover was also accused of a lack of sympathy while the former mayor was battling prostate cancer, by banishing him to a spare bedroom and exercising noisily on a treadmill at 5am.
New Yorkers relished the details of Giulianis larger-than-life personal story. But conservative values voters could be different, as Giulianis own aides noted in a 140-page memo leaked last week by supporters of a rival candidate.
The campaign dossier suggested that Hanover could be one of several potentially insurmountable vulnerabilities that could cause him to drop out of the race. It was an embarrassing start to a campaign that is not yet officially under way.
Giulianis record in fighting crime and terrorism has placed him at the top of several polls for the 2008 Republican nomination, edging out Senator John McCain in popular support. But the party base may be turned off by his support for abortion, immigration, gun control and gay rights (although not gay marriage). It is their votes that he needs to secure the nomination.
It would be one thing if Giuliani could say, Im a strong social conservative in my private life, but he cant even say that, said Ramesh Ponnuru, a conservative commentator and author of The Party of Death, an attack on social liberalism. Its not just the fact of his multiple marriages, it is the way the Hanover marriage melted down. It was operatic.
When Giuliani met Hanover on a blind date in the early 1980s, his first marriage to Regina, his second cousin, was already over. Hanover, who went on to appear in the television series Ally McBeal, was a glamorous soulmate who seemed to enjoy the spotlight as much as he did.
They had two children, Andrew, 21, and Caroline, 17, but in 1996 Hanover stopped calling herself by his last name and a year later Vanity Fair magazine said that he was having an intimate relationship with a senior member of his staff.
In 2000, without telling Hanover first, Giuliani announced at a press conference that he was separating from her. She retaliated by accusing him of being unfaithful with the employee, but he was already with Nathan.
Maggie Gallagher, a family values campaigner, was outraged by Giulianis scummy performance, accusing him of making Bill Clinton look good as a husband and father.
New Yorkers learnt during the divorce case that their cancer- afflicted mayor was temporarily impotent and Hanover demanded a huge settlement, including £760 a month to care for Goalie, the familys golden retriever.
Felder struck back, accusing Hanover of being an uncaring mother who was howling like a stuck pig.
In the end Giuliani, who was beginning to earn big consultancy fees after September 11, agreed to a settlement of $6.8m to avoid the full horror of a court case.
Hanover has married Ed Oster, her university sweetheart, and written a book, My Boyfriends Back, about rekindling an old romance. Even if she stays mum, there is enough in the public domain to rattle conservatives. Yet however vicious the personal attacks on Giuliani, they are unlikely to dent his reputation for competence. He did, after all, handle the September 11 attacks while bunking with gay friends in the midst of an affair and a divorce battle.
"Someone has a vested interest in forcing these men on us as candidates, and it's not conservatives."
Thank you! I couldn't have said it better myself.
His new bumper sticker: "Incest is Best"
My Boyfriend's Back
Damn. I wish I thought of that first.
Ronald Reagan is ALWAYS of mind for me, that's why I added "in real time" my FRiend. ; )
Roosevelt. I thnk we can do better in the 21st century.
Of course you weren't. The MSM is always covering for him. He spins what happened by "taking responsibility" for the end of the marriage, attributing it to his "immaturity and bad behavior." That makes it sound like she divorced him. She didn't; he dumped her. From what I have been able to find, she was devastated. Still she has so much class she says only kind things about the jerk. (Well, he is the father of her three children.)
Even if I have to accept a guy like Romney.
I do not have a problem voting for Romney if he is the nominee (although I worry about his electability). I feel he is fundamentally a good and decent man.
The Louisiana Purchase has been a thorn in the side of our country since the deal. ; )
Honestly, I think the way in which Rudy's was done was worse than Newt's.
God and decent men tend to not fair well with the MSM and the beltway mentality.
Maybe he can make a bumper sticker: "It's not technically incest."
Look, Giuliani is damaged goods. But don't lie about him by rewriting the language. It's dishonest. I thought that was a Democrat's character trait.
He's too old.
His day's of stomping on piano's and lighting them on fire afterward are gone....
The MSM wouldn't have the time for him anymore.
> Honestly, I think the way in which Rudy's was done was worse than Newt's.
It's close, but Newt bringing divorce papers for his hospitalized-with-cancer-surgery wife to sign is pretty darn hard to top in terms of sleaziness.
He was with his wife when I met him a few months ago, they seem very happy together...and very normal as well. Are we going to hold past mistakes against candidates forever? There is no one who will pass the test of a totally error-free life and especialy when looked at with such scrutiny and criticism, as well as the exaggeration of haters in the media and even his own party.
I have two female second cousins that I know well. The idea of sex with them is unthinkable, since we played together as little kids. Anyone who is friends with a second cousin of the opposite sex will (like me) be sickened by this.
We're not voting for a saint or a virgin, we're voting for someone who's tough and smart and electable.