Where was Rudy? Mayor scrubs endorsement for Grimm a day after Kerik debacle

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So much for that Rudy Giuliani photo op!

One of the two Republicans hoping to unseat Rep. Mike McMahon (D-Bay Ridge) hastily scrubbed a planned endorsement rally with the former mayor on Friday afternoon, one day after Giuliani’s one-time key aide Bernie Kerik was sentenced to four years in prison for fraud.

The so-called “America’s Mayor” apparently still backs candidate Michael Grimm, but that support was issued in the form of a press release, not the public appearance on the steps of City Hall.

“Unfortunat­ely, there was a snag in scheduling, but it does not change the fact that the mayor endorses Michael,” Grimm’s campaign spokeswoman Susan Del Percio told The Brooklyn Paper.

She denied that the timing of the press conference — one day after Kerik, once a symbol of Giuliani’s leadership of the city, but now a disgrace, was sentenced — had anything to do with it.

“It had to do with the mayor’s schedule,” she said.

McMahon, of course, had a different take. Hours after Del Percio had initially announced the Friday press conference, the freshman incumbent’s campaign issued a statement, saying, “It’s amusing that Rudy Giuliani would pick the day that the police commissioner he endorsed to be Director of Homeland Security gets sentenced to four years in prison to endorse a new candidate.”

McMahon’s statement also said that the incumbent “remains focused on being an independent voice who works with Democrats, Republicans, Independents and Conservatives alike to do what’s best for Staten Island and Brooklyn families.”

In his own statement issued after the scrubbed photo-op, Giuliani praised Grimm in similar terms, calling the former Marine and FBI agent an agent of change who knows that “the only way to create jobs is to lower taxes and create a good environment for businesses.”

The former mayor, who, like Kerik, failed in his bid for higher office, added that he looked “forward to campaigning with him in the upcoming months.”

Updated 5:16 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Judah Spechal from Bed-Stuy says:
What a joker?
Feb. 20, 2010, 1:57 pm
Pacholo from Red Hook says:
Let's just say it was a grim day for Rudy when Kerik put on his stripes.
Feb. 22, 2010, 2:22 pm
Allan from Bay Ridge says:
Of course Rudy is the man to talk about stimulating the economy - it's not as if he and his cronies weren't in office a few years ago and setting the stage for the enormous wall street crash that led to our current economic situation.
Feb. 23, 2010, 7 am
Jerome from Flatlands says:
“It had to do with the mayor’s schedule,” she said.

NYC's Mayor is Michael Bloomberg. Why would Mayor Bloomberg's schedule interfere with Rudy's press?

"the only way to create jobs is to lower taxes"

The wealthiest among us pay only a 22% per the tax code. That's 50% less than they paid just 20 years ago. The tax burden has been shifted onto the backs of the middle class which is rapidly vanishing.

Our children see the future and it's in Europe. Prepare for a massive brain drain to European countries with social programs supporting their people.

A person who becomes unemployed in Denmark receives unemployment payments for four years at 90% of his previous salary. Citizens don't lose their homes or their healthcare or their standard of living just because of a job loss.
Feb. 24, 2010, 1:11 pm
Tee from Queens says:
Rudy was hiding from the FEDS.
Feb. 25, 2010, 1:20 pm

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