Let’s talk about the Giuliani family for a minute. There was a time when I had the utmost respect for Rudy Giuliani. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the perfect leader. He offered heartfelt empathy, he was the voice of reason, he so obviously cared what the country, and more specifically New Yorkers were going through.
Unfortunately, that man disappeared shortly thereafter, never to be heard from again. He was replaced by a Rudy Giuliani who attached himself like a leech to the most corrupt president this nation has ever had, he lied and cheated on behalf of that ‘man’, and he lost every ounce of respect he had ever earned.
Giuliani helped incite the attacks by domestic terrorists, white supremacists, on the Capitol and Congress on January 6th, but that was only the culmination of all his dirty deeds. The New York State Bar Association is investigating his role and it could ultimately lead to his disbarment.
Giuliani is under investigation with the Department of Justice for his dealings with a shadowy cast of characters in Ukraine, attempting to find and distribute material about the relationship between a scandal-plagued Ukrainian energy company and President Biden’s son, Hunter. Trump famously told Ukraine’s new president Volodymyr Zelenskyy in July 2019 to get in touch with Giuliani …
“Rudy very much knows what’s happening and he is a very capable guy. If you could speak to him that would be great.”
And then it came out that the former guy had actually threatened to withhold military aid that had already been approved, unless Ukrainian President Zelenskyy promised to publicly announce an investigation of the company in question. This, of course, led to the former guy’s first impeachment.
I don’t know what will come of the investigation into Rudy Giuliani and his efforts on behalf of the former guy to help incite an insurrection, but time will tell, and personally I won’t shed a tear if Rudy is disbarred and relegated to the annals of history. But let’s talk about Rudy’s son, Andrew, for a minute.
When Rudy Giuliani took his oath of office to become Mayor of New York City in 1994, it is said that his son Andrew ruined the moment by repeating parts of the oath along with his father. Andrew was exuberant on the podium beside his father, as he blew kisses to the cameras, mimicked every hand gesture of his father, and shouted out: “It should be so and it will be so!” Of course, since he was only 8 years old at the time, I guess we can overlook that.
Fast forward to 2017 when the former guy gave Andrew a job at the White House … his official title was Special Assistant to the President and Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison. Don’t ask what, exactly, he did, but his starting salary in 2017 was $77,000 and within two years had been increased to $95,000. Remember, folks, that we paid this salary and as far as I can discern, the only thing he did to earn it was contact sports teams to get them to come to the White House for a photo op with the former guy.
Initially, he was given ‘unescorted access’ to the West Wing, but when John Kelly became Chief of Staff, that was rescinded, then re-instated when Kelly left and was replaced by Mick Mulvaney. That tells me that his position was largely … nothing more than a favour to his father. He floated around for his own ego. Oh … one more thing he did was he golfed with the former guy much of the time! He was a regular golf partner of Trump, and traveled with him for the sole purpose of playing a round or two of golf with him. In January 2020, the Irish Times called him “Trump’s most regular playing partner”. Never forget that We the People paid for this!
Fast forward again to present day when Andrew Giuliani is considering a run for … wait for it … Governor of New York! He has higher aspirations than his father, and only about one-fourth as much intelligence! It is reported that he’ll be flying to Mar-a-Lago next week to meet with the former guy to finalize his plans for his campaign. Says Andrew …
“I will be down there next week for a two to three-day swing where we’ll be meeting with donors, interviewing potential staff and speaking to the former President. From a self-interest standpoint, I want the President to be as involved as he wants to be …”
Oh, my aching head! He seems to be one of the delusional mass who has forgotten that the former guy is just that … former. But the good news is that New Yorkers are too smart to be snowed by this young punk-in-a-suit! At least, I hope they are. I hope they send Andrew G packing, send him back to the playground, the golf course, or the Ukraine … I really don’t care as long as he never enters the Governor’s mansion! I strongly suspect he has his eye on the Oval Office somewhere down the road, in which case I would jump off a tall building!