Skip to comments.Rangel: I support Giuliani-Kerik ticket in 2008
Posted on 03/22/2007 8:53:07 AM PDT by pissant
NEW YORK (AP) -- Never say New Yorkers don't have sense of humor -- especially when they can stick it to the other side.
A powerful New York Democrat, a mischievous gleam in his eye, is offering an early endorsement in the 2008 presidential race, where the field includes many hometown hopefuls like former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Gov. George Pataki and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
"I'm supporting Giuliani for the Republican," Rep. Charles Rangel said Monday, pausing briefly before delivering the punchline. "Kerik, as well," he added, referring to Giuliani's disgraced former police commissioner Bernard Kerik.
Kerik pleaded guilty earlier this year to misdemeanor charges of taking money from contractors with alleged mob ties, when he was the city's corrections chief. He was also President Bush's choice to head the Department of Homeland Security, but the nomination was scrapped after questions arose about his background.
Political observers say Giuliani's relationship with Kerik could be a problem if the former mayor goes ahead with a run for president.
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KERIK KO'D A TWO-YEAR PRISON DEAL (Giuliani's buddy allegedly gave false info to WH)
Kerik was Mayor Giuliani's driver and bodyguard, and NYPD commissioner under Giuliani. Rudy recommended Kerik to GW Bush for the Homeland Security job in 2004. Kerik's nomination was scrapped after questions arose about his background......leaving GWB embarrased on the global stage.
Liz has been on the case, as usual.
Kerik Turns Down Federal Plea Deal (Giuliani's corrupt high school dropout police commissioner)
News Channel 4 has learned former NYPD commissioner Bernard Kerik has rejected a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors that would have required Kerik to serve time in prison.
Federal prosecutors offered Kerik a deal where he would plead guilty to tax fraud and illegal eavesdropping conspiracy charges, sources familiar with the negotiations say. In exchange for his guilty plea, investigators were willing to end the federal criminal probe into Kerik's alleged wrongdoing which includes allegations of mortgage fraud, tax fraud, conspiracy to eavesdrop and making false statements on his application to become U.S. Homeland Security Secretary.
"We rejected the plea deal because Mr. Kerik paid his taxes and did nothing wrong," said Kerik's attorney Ken Breen. A spokesman for U.S. attorney Michael Garcia declined to comment on the investigation as did officials with the FBI, IRS, City Department of Investigation and Westchester County District Attorney.
Two people with lots of negative personal baggage running as a GOP Presidential ticket. The mainstream media would eat them up alive. It's no wonder why Rangel chose them.
Being a Giuliani-supporting FReeper keeps getting more and more surreal. If Ted Kennedy came out in favor of Giuliani, some "Republicans" would still agree Giuliani to be a good choice. It's like core values just don't matter anymore.
rangle is a scumbag, with all due respect to bags that hold scum.
Whatever you think of Rudy, please don't tell me you think Rangel is serious.
and I will happily support a Conyers/James McGreevey ticket for the Democrats!
Just what that party needs, two scumbags from politically correct categories.......
I think Corin may be right, JDM. I don't get the impression Rep. Charles Rangel was being sincere when he made that endorsement statement. After going through his house.gov site, I get the impression, Rangel may have been being sarcastic.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 17, 1999
DON'T DEMAGOGUE ELIAN
Rudy Giuliani apparently cares more about using little Elian Gonzalez's terrible plight for his own political purposes than talking about issues that really matter to residents of the State of New York.
Elian is the 6-year-old boy who through no fault of his own was shipwrecked off the coast of Florida, lost his mother, and has fallen into the middle of an international custody battle. Now the Mayor's aides say Mr. Giuliani is considering inviting Elian to New York to stand with him in the spotlight during our city's millennium celebrations. If the Mayor and his people succeed in getting Elian here for New Year's Eve, they will have literally dropped the ball.
This is a political year for Mr. Giuliani. It's one thing for him to arrest homeless people in an attempt to boost his Senate candidacy. But it's quite another to take an innocent child who lost his mother and is away from his father this Christmas and put him in a terrifying situation, on stage, in front of millions of people.
How would any parent react to their child being used without their permission in a blatant attempt to boost the Mayor's hopes for higher office? Does Rudy Giuliani have no shame in seeking to satisfy his own ambitions?
If the mayor wants to raise funds in Miami or Union City for his campaign, then showing off Elian around the city makes sense. Yet in taking advantage of a boy too young to decide what is in his own best interests, Mr. Giuliani risks demonstrating to voters around the state that he's more interested in meddling in international affairs than in discussing issues they care about such as education, health care, and Social Security.
Mr. Giuliani's grandstanding certainly won't resolve the Cuban question and may help launch a new wave of Cuban immigrants exercising what an aide to the mayor called their "right to choose" freedom. It is abundantly clear under our bilateral agreement with Cuba that we have no other option but to return anyone found on the high seas who has left that country illegally.
UP (yours) CHUCK. Kerrik would have made a GREAT Director of Homeland Security.
~guffaw!~ Conyers! For added punch, an assistant with dark curly hair...
Rangel and Farrakan!!! That's the ticket!!!
Any and all "leftist" Presidential tickets are 100% scary 100% of the time!
Particularly when they're running as GOP candidates!
And your evidence for this is . . . ?
It matters little to some Rudy supporters because they never had them to begin with. No to Rudy!
Has he been indicted for showing the bad taste and low standards to bone Judith Regan in his love shack apartment overlooking the WTC crater?
Yea, hilarious. And I endorse William Jefferson for the democrats.
I'm not familiar with that story. What happened?
Kerik was offered a a deal to plead guilty to tax fraud and illegal eavesdropping conspiracy charges.....in exchange for dropping criminal probes into Kerik's alleged mortgage fraud, tax fraud, conspiracy to eavesdrop, and making false statements on his US Homeland Security Secretary application.
Kerik had already pleaded guilty last year to receiving tens of thousands of dollars in free renovations to an apartment he owned while a city official, renovations provided by company with reputed links to organized crime. A federal investigation into allegations of mortgage fraud in connection with his purchase of the apartment continues.
2 BUSTED IN 'KERIK' DOOR DEAL By STEPHANIE GASKELL NY POST
October 18, 2006 A scandal connected to Bernard Kerik reared its head yesterday with the arrests of two people who bid on some high-tech security doors ordered by the then-police commissioner Kerik. Alan Risi, the CEO of Georal International - which built the doors - and Joanne Ruscillo, the director of Integrated Security Corp, were busted on charges that they colluded on their bids to buy the doors at a city auction last March.
After leaving office, Kerik sat on the board at Georal. Earlier this year, Kerik pleaded guilty to conflict-of-interest charges over $165,000 in gifts.
The four doors - $50,000 each - were not usable because they were too heavy for the floors at Police Headquarters. Earlier this year, the city decided to auction them off. Bidders are required to sign an affidavit saying they don't have a connection to other bidders. Investigators said Ruscillo, 47, and Risi, 57, submitted deposit checks from the same address in Queens.
Oh no he didn't...
He did? That's just funny. I laughed, even though I loathe Rangle.
It comes from the same place that says Rudy is the only pubbie who can beat Hillary.
In other words, a place normally visited only by doctors with flashlights.
Thompson will be a fine VP for Hunter.
What did American think when Andrew Giuliani outed Rudy as a miserable no-show Dad with a shrewish third wife (his 27th mistress?) who orders Rudy to stay away from his kids?
Fully 88% of those polled said they had a problem with Rudy not attending his son's graduation.
Even more alarming---this visceral liberal would makeover the Repub party into a clone of the Dems so that liberals would control all facets of the US government.
Rudeo poses a serious danger to the republic since he would eradicate the system of checks and balances our Founders wisely wrote into our system of government.
Rudeo should get out of the race and out of the Republcian party NOW.
I'm waiting and hoping for Fred Thompson to declare. Let's get someone real in this race!
Rangel is a flaming lefty, but a funny guy.
I hope so as well - Thompson would be a strong candidate with broad appeal.
Despite his admirable qualities, Hunter hasn't a chance. Wishing don't make it so...
Its never too late!
ASHCROFT AND RUMSFELD IN '08!
(I despise Rangel... what a poverty pimple...)
I met Ashcroft when he visited his (and my) alma mater, the University of Chicago. He is a man who practices what he preaches and means what he says.
He's a classy guy!
(check your frmail)
Oh no. Rangel trying to be funny again.
Yeah, Hunter hired and promoted Cunningham, if I recall. /s
Yeah, Hunter hired and promoted Cunningham, if I recall. /s
Okay, I got ya.
It's okay to be long time friends with somebody who turns out to be a federally convicted criminal but it's not okay to hire a guy who turned out to have hired an illegal nanny.
As I said above, BFD to both Rudy's and Duncan's associations with Kerik and Cunningham respectively.
You're not being objective.
Actually, I am being objective. Neither bothers me. Though Hunter's relationship with Cuningham is a stretch to compare it to that of Rudy/Kerick, neither man is dirty simply because of it. If you are a politician, chances are there is mud to be had.
I posted this because I thought it was funny. My dislike of Rudy's politics has nothing to do with Kerick.
Thanks for the clarification.
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