Giuliani Corruption/Sex Scandal Metastasizing


This Giuliani scandal keeps getting better and better. First Politico found that when Rudy Giuliani was mayor of New York, he billed the costs of his extramarital love trysts with Judith Nathan, his then-girlfriend and now-wife, to obscure city agencies. It was also shown that Giuliani billed his 2000 campaign expenses and his then-wife Donna Hanover’s travel expenses to the same obscure agencies. The Giuliani campaign has had a hell of a time explaining the mayor’s actions.

Then ABC discovered Nathan, as the mayor’s girlfriend, was given a city car and police driver that she used as a personal “taxi service.” Then CBS found an anonymous source who claims “Nathan forced police to chauffeur her friends and family around the city—even when she wasn’t in the car.”

And then the Daily News decide to pile on. They went to current mayor Mike Bloomberg’s girlfriend/partner (they’ve lived together for six years) and asked her if she has a driver or security detail. “I don’t have security in Bogota or Nairobi or Moscow when I travel there on business,” Diana Taylor said. “Why would I need security in the safest city in the world?” An investment banker, Taylor takes the bus to her office and rides the subway to business appointments.

This thing could keep going through Christmas. It’s the scandal that keeps giving and giving.

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