Skip to comments.RUDY'S EX IN 2ND $OAKING -- GUARD EXPENSE DWARFED JUDITH'S
Posted on 12/03/2007 7:45:43 AM PST by Zakeet
Rudy Giuliani'S breakup with Donna Hanover cost tax payers a lot more than his extramarital relationship with Judith Nathan, according to city documents.
The documents show that the distraught Hanover repeatedly fled Gracie Mansion to seek refuge with her parents in California as her high-profile marriage was crumbling.
At all times, she was accompanied by an NYPD security detail that ran up at least $110,000 in credit-card charges for airfare, lodging, car rentals and gasoline.
"They're stuck on you," said one source of the protective detail. "They go where you go."
In June 2000 - a month after Giuliani shocked the city by unexpectedly announcing his separation from Hanover at a routine press event in Bryant Park - his jilted wife headed west every weekend.
The June trips alone cost taxpayers a total of $27,721 in security expenses.
The stay on June 17-24 required an advance team of two cops, who spent $1,591.71. Four cops who accompanied Hanover and son Andrew Giuliani ran up an additional $10,582 bill.
Airfares were, by far, the single biggest expense.
But the cops also charged taxpayers $1.50 each time they used the luggage carts at Kennedy Airport. At LAX, the carts cost $2 and were dutifully billed to the city.
A six-day trip in November 2000, when Hanover brought daughter Caroline Giuliani to Los Angeles, required the services of six cops who put $19,065.27 on their city-supplied American Express cards.
Even longtime Giuliani critics such as Ed Koch defend the assignment of cops to guard the mayor's immediate family, and there's no suggestion that any of the security expenses weren't legitimate.
But at the end of the day, the turmoil in Giuliani's personal life meant the NYPD was housing cops in both the Hamptons and LA, with taxpayers picking up the hefty tabs.
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Proof that adultery isn't cheap.
You are correct, but this kind of spending is something that resonates with potential voters.
Remember the uproar against ATM fees, when people do not have the same kind of uproar at the amount of money government takes from us every day in so many ways.
I don’t blame him for this, either.
I didn’t blame him for the Judi expenses, only that the expenses were laundered through the budgets of non-related departments in an attempt to hide them (and I blame him for trying to defend the practice, as well).
I blame Rudy. I would fire him. Him and his cigar bar bimbo cost taxpayers a lot of money. And I’m sure the NY fire fighters wish that Rudy put as much effort into radio as he put into his extra-marital affairs.
If taxpayers saw the bills that ex-presidents and their wives run up traveling the globe with the Secret Service, they would probably faint. And we now have an ex-president who travels for who knows what purpose.
Add in the cost of protecting them at home and we’re not talking thousands, we’re talking tens of millions.
Ain’t being a taxpayer grand?
Hey, I'm a chick-magnet!
Whatdya want me to do?