Skip to comments.In Matters Big and Small, Crossing Giuliani Had Price (Rudy Hits Low and Hard)
Posted on 01/22/2008 6:05:07 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o
Rudolph W. Giuliani likens himself to a boxer who never takes a punch without swinging back. As mayor, he made the vengeful roundhouse an instrument of government, clipping anyone who crossed him.
In August 1997, James Schillaci, a rough-hewn chauffeur from the Bronx, dialed Mayor Giulianis radio program on WABC-AM to complain about a red-light sting run by the police near the Bronx Zoo. ...That morning, police officers appeared on Mr. Schillacis doorstep. What are you going to do, Mr. Schillaci asked, arrest me? He was joking, but the officers were not.
They slapped on handcuffs and took him to court on a 13-year-old traffic warrant....A police spokeswoman later read Mr. Schillacis decades-old criminal rap sheet to a reporter for The Daily News, a move of questionable legality because the state restricts how such information is released. She said, falsely, that he had been convicted of sodomy.
Then Mr. Giuliani took up the cudgel.
Mr. Schillaci was posing as an altruistic whistle-blower, the mayor told reporters at the time. Maybe hes dishonest enough to lie about police officers.
Mr. Schillaci suffered an emotional breakdown, was briefly hospitalized and later received a $290,000 legal settlement from the city. It really damaged me, said Mr. Schillaci, now 60, massaging his face with thick hands. I thought I was doing something good for once, my civic duty and all. Then he steps on me.
Mr. Giuliani was a pugilist in a city of political brawlers. But far more than his predecessors, historians and politicians say, his toughness edged toward ruthlessnessand became a defining aspect of his mayoralty. One result: New York City spent at least $7 million in settling civil rights lawsuits and paying retaliatory damages during the Giuliani years.
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Rudy is a woman.
Yeah, a pervert.
Yeah, we need a change of pace with Señor Sanctuary City Nuevo York! ¡Híjole, cabrón!
He wasn’t any worse than what we have. At least he says he has changed his mind. Who do you think is going to do anything?
Schillaci had brought along a videotape camera and recorded the officers as they issued ticket after ticket to people who shot through the red light just as he had. With evidence in hand, he called the Civilian Complaint Review Board. They referred him to the chief of department. That office passed him to the police transportation division. From there, he was directed to the Traffic Investigation Unit. Those officers referred him to the Internal Affairs Division. But that unit said it was a matter for the Bronx Borough Command.
Schillaci brought his videotape to public advocate Mark Green, an eternal nemesis of Giuliani. In short order, Green delivered Schillaci to the Daily News. The story of the traffic signal switcheroo ended up on page one of the August 26, 1997, paper.
well it sure isn’t because he’s a CONSERVATIVE. it is because he is a REPUBLICAN and liberals don’t like republicans, no matter how liberal they are.
A welcome relief indeed, a ruthless cunning SOB in the WH, battling the NYT and the Dims.
Na, the vaunted GOP base have spoken, and its McCain or Huck!
LOL, too funny, if not so sad.
Fred. Can we resuscitate Fred?
Don't think it's just that. I haven't seen any screeds like this vs. McCain for instance from the NYT...nor Romney.
so you find the screed proof of his being a conservative??? and there is plenty of time yet for screeds for the eventual republican nominee, don’t think they aren’t coming.
Not all charities are alike. I like to see gay activists taken down a few pegs. Not to mention groups after Federal Housing.
Never claimed that.
there is plenty of time yet for screeds
True, but I find it strange that the only ones that appear in the NYT now are targeted at Giuliani.
doesn’t strike me as strange, he is the hometown boy candidate etc. makes sense they would be more preoccupied with him than elsewwhere. i mean other than fox news, which is still trying desperately to breathe life back into those glowing embers of his candidacy.
I’ve never been in the wordwork (see my freeper home.) But it’s true that Rudy articles are surfacing — probably because the next primary is FL.
So basically, you don't believe in equal protection under the law. That's kinda one of the tenets of conservatism.
Yeah, however many papers would be shilling FOR the home town candidate.
NYT and other papers are fawning over McCain.
And Madame Hitlery, the other "hometown" girl? Where's the screeds against her?
Liberal elitists DON'T want Rudy. They don't mind McCain.
The Big Picture.
Fred was my first choice but the so called republicans won’t have anything to do with him. I don’t see much difference in what’s left. I think Rudy would be a real bastard and I’m about ready for someone like that. I’m really off of GW and don’t want another get-a-longer.
Republican elitist perverts (Log Cabin, Country Club for Growth, Wall Street Journal, Fox News) tried to cram Rudy down the throats of conservatives.
It didn't work.