When notified that
a copy of his 140-page campaign plan for the presidency had been sent to the New York Daily News, Hizzoner, the Mayor of America, was heard to say
�that�s the kind of thing that should be chained to somebody�s wrist.� Well,
Rudy, your advisers say the document was stolen by someone who had infiltrated
your campaign. The News said an
anonymous source obtained it after it was left behind on a campaign trip. Maybe
it should have been chained to your wrist.
Or was it as one
astute viewer of our NewYork1TV emailed the station: Rudy probably leaked it. That is to let everyone know upfront the
keg of personal dregs he hauls around from past days. This includes two broken
marriages, one to his cousin no less, the second to newswoman Donna Hanover (a
truly class act who bore his two kids) only to be dumped for a third marriage
to Upper Eastside divorcee Judith Nathan. That alone should bury Rudy in the
red white and blue states.
In fact, if I�ve
heard correctly the plan is the staff�s way of telling Rudy by the time America
reaches page 139, he may need to pack a bag for Palermo. After all, first we
have the Giuliani family connections to the mob. Rudy�s first cousin Lewis
D�Avanzo was killed by the FBI in a shootout. Lewis was the leader of a stolen
car ring in Long Island, as reported in Wayne Barrett�s new book �Grand Illusion: the Untold Story of Rudy
Giuliani and 9/11.� Rudy may have received his first FBI background check about
that time, in the 70s.
filmmaker of Giuliani Time, Kevin
Keating, found some footage of Rudy denying that he ever had been vetted by the
FBI back then and was covering up family ties to crime. Even though Rudy won
notoriety pursuing the Mafia, as Barrett points out in an earlier book, Rudy! An Investigative Biography of Rudolph
Guiliani, Rudy had �D�Avanzo, son of the mayor�s uncle and a guest at [his]
first wedding. D�Avanzo was described as a �ruthless and widely feared mob
associate� who headed a massive stolen car ring . . ."
Harold was described as a hothead and the �muscle� behind a brother-in-law�s
loansharking operation run out of a Brooklyn saloon. Along with cracking heads,
Barrett�s book says, �the mayor�s father served time in state prison [Sing
Sing] for a stickup, rarely had an on-the-books job and once was a gunman in a
mob shootout in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.�
Cousin Lewis, known
as �Steve the Blond� was listed as armed and dangerous in FBI bulletins. His
rap sheet included a 10-year federal sentence for the armed hijacking of a
truck loaded with $240,000 worth of mercury. Barrett�s book alleges Lewis was
suspected of taking part in several murders as well. He was gunned down by the
FBI in 1977, when he attempted to run down an agent after being stopped on a
warrant that accused him and two associates of transporting 100 stolen luxury
cars. Real pussycats.
there�s the 1962 shootout, Barrett reports, pitting a local mobster against
papa Harold and Leo D�Avanzo, Lewis�s dad. Leo was later sanctioned by mob
bosses for shooting a Mafia member. But Leo, known in the family as a black
sheep, ran loansharking and gambling operations from a Brooklyn bar where pops
worked as a bartender. In his gig as debt collector, he �broke legs, smashed
kneecaps, crunched noses . . ." And like that, a guy does what a guy�s
gotta do. Everybody�s gotta eat.
The second family, the Republican Party
Aside from the fact
that Rudy�s family could make The History
Channel with its tales, there�s the other family, the Republican Party,
probably even tougher, meaner, and more unforgiving. It seems that the
front-runner there is Senator John McCain, no piece of cake himself, exchanging
Judas kisses with Bush. This makes the Godfather
look like Leave It To Beaver. Yet,
though John may be the touted front-runner, according to the numbers of
McCain�s gombahs, Rudy�s the man,
winning nine out of 10 of their polls -- yes, America�s Mayor. This based on
what the media fashioned into his so-called stellar performance on 9/11/01.
We�ll deal with that in a minute.
For now, consider
that one of Giuliani�s major supporters of past days, Henry Kravis, has
switched over to the McCain camp. Kravis, a major Republican supporter, is the
middle name in the highly successful investment firm, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts
Paul Singer, a major hedge fund force, who backs Giuliani was, according to
Barrett, supposed to be rounding up 9/11 families to back Rudy, although many
of them remain outraged by his performance at the 9/11 Commission hearings.
Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, the co-chairmen of the 9/11 Commission of
Omission, are backtracking on Rudy, reporting in their book how they gave Rudy
a pass on every question and let him lapse into his anecdotal speech that he
delivers by rote now at $100,000 a pop. In fact, they say hundreds of 9/11
families cancelled buses for the final DC meeting of the commission, because
they were so incensed at said �pass� Giuliani was given on those questions.
Also Federal Express CEO Fred Smith remains uncommitted as well as
Paramount CEO Brad Grey, Giuliani�s talent agent after 9/11. Grey produced a
9/11 HBO special and practically gifted to Rudy his so-called sainthood. Grey
was to be Rudy�s man in Hollywood, the leading celebrity fundraising arm. At
this point, Grey remains in the gray area.
Then there is former Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, targeted to raise
money from major pro athletes, still not heard from. Not to mention notoriously
neocon News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch, PepsiCo chief Dawn Hudson, Goldman Sachs
president Lloyd Blankfein.
All these business leaders are being counted on to help raise the desired
$100 million war chest for election. So, why are members of this family sitting
on the fence?
Disenchantment with Rudy�s
Start with former Republican,
Jersey Girl Kristen Breitweiser, whose husband perished in the North Tower. She
says this about Rudy on her website, under �Giuliani�s Deadly Impact,� quoted
in my Online Journal article, Rudy Giuliani
slavering witness for Moussaoui prosecution, �Can someone please
explain to me why Rudy Giuliani gets to give a victim�s impact statement at the
Moussaoui penalty phase hearing? Which family member did Giuliani lose in the
�Forgive me, but
Giuliani is the person responsible for deciding to locate NYC�s emergency
center in the World Trade Center [23rd floor, Lucky Larry�s Tower 7] along with
a diesel tank (against the advice of the FDNY officials) before 9/11.
city�s emergency command center in a known al
Qaeda target (the towers were struck in 1993 and al Qaeda publicly
promised to return to finish the job) was a colossal failure in judgment on his
part that cost hundreds of lives on 9/11.� [The al Qaeda itals are mine.]
attacks, because the command center was rendered inoperable, NYC had no clear
chain of command and no physical command structure in place to coordinate the
emergency response. Frankly, the whole reason Giuliani was on television all
day and available for interviews was because he was scrambling around the
streets trying to set up a command post since the one he had designed and
located [against the advice of past and old friend Police Chief Howard Safer
and many others] was paralyzed during the attacks.�
In fact, Rudy was
out of Tower 7 by 9:15 AM, before it was pulled eight hours later by its owner,
Larry Silverstein. Did he have some foreknowledge it might be going down?
Returning to Breitweiser . . .
�Anyone who wants
to witness the results of NYC�s abysmal emergency response to the attacks need
only listen to the recently released 911 tapes that chillingly reveal a total
lack of coordination and flow of vital life-saving information plaguing the
city and its emergency response apparatus that day. . . .
Giuliani is also responsible for giving the FDNY inoperable Motorola radios.
This, too, cost hundreds of lives when firemen did not hear the order to
evacuate th towers prior to their collapse. (By the way, those radios are still
not fixed . . . )� In fact, they had not been fixed since 1993, the year of
first WTC attack.
continues, �How is a man who is responsible for such horrific and deadly
judgments invited to give a victim�s impact statement as to how 9/11 impacted
Ah well, Kristen,
he�s not a good listener. He�s a better talker, taking full credit for the
non-direction of activities on 9/11 to a na�ve America who know him only as a
TV icon, present in the void of the goat-boy Bush.
In fact, as Barrett
comments in an
interview with Amy Goodman and filmmaker Kevin Keating for Democracy Now, �I�d say that his speech
[at the Republican National Convention] �was the lowest point in his public
life.� This is when Giuliani quotes Bush again as saying, �The people who
brought down these towers are going to hear from us.� Well, they haven�t heard
from us, but Rudy goes on to say. �They heard from us in Afghanistan.� Barrett
points out, �Well, you could make an argument that people who brought down the
towers were based in Afghanistan.�
But then Rudy goes
on to say �They heard from us in Iraq.� Now, Barrett, points out �even Dick
Cheney has admitted that the people who brought down the towers had absolutely
nothing to do with Iraq.� Barrett adds that at that point, �[Rudy] crystallized
for the American public [that untruth], because he can speak about 9/11 with
greater authority than any other American figure. It�s a myth that he should be
able to speak with such authority about that, and that�s the myth that the book
comments, Rudy �hit all the right chords with the American public, he said all
the right things, but we examine how he did all the wrong things between the
1993 bombing -- he was running for mayor in 1993 when that bombing occurred -- [and
More negative memories
In addition to the
Breitweiser critique, Barrett points to �a five page memo from Jerry Hauer, who
was the head of Emergency Management [under Giuliani]. He wanted it [the
command center] to be located in Brooklyn in the Metrotech complex. That
happens to be roughly where Mike Bloomberg has since put it . . ."
Hizzoner wanted to be within walking distance of City Hall, even though Hauer
pointed out the center could not be built underground to be better protected
because all the land in that area was located beneath the floodplain of the
Hudson River. This left the undesirable option of being in the nearest tower,
Tower 7 in the World Trade Center.
Barrett also points
out that the 23rd floor of Tower Seven had never been rented. It had been built
with high ceilings as a trade floor for an investment banking firm, and then
remained vacant for two years. Nevertheless, the private landlord (who would be
Lucky Larry Silverstein) threw two big fundraising events on his yacht for Rudy
and became a giant donor himself. And the rest is the history, Breitweiser
painfully recalled, which was reiterated by former and present Police Chief
Kelly said, �It was
just unwise. . . . If Giuliani had any sense of threat, he would have gotten
out of the City Hall area.� He told Barrett that Giuliani put the command
center �right next to the target.� Kelly echoed the shock that Giuliani and his
staff never put together a unified command post with top brass from the NYPD,
FDNY and Office of Emergency Management (OEM), which would have facilitated the
flow of information and certainly have saved many lives. In fact, Giuliani was
aware that FEMA was in New York City the night of September 10, 2001, for one
of the many �terror hijacking drills.� What an amazing coincidence.
As to the since
disgraced, imprisoned 9/11 Police Chief Bernard Kerik, Kelly commented that he
spent so much time by Giuliani�s side that Kelly had no idea who was really
directing the NYPD response that day. Perhaps that�s why after Tower 1 was hit;
workers in Tower 2 who had exited the building were told to go back to their
desks. And many did and died for it.
The FDNY, as
stated, described their radios as �obsolete,� �totally inadequate,� as early as
1990, but they were still in use in 2001. So where�s the forethought, the
vision, the leadership that qualifies America�s Mayor to be America�s President?
In fact, once the
mud begins to be slung and the smiles slide away, how durable will Rudy be in
the face of these facts, the outrage of 9/11 families, the reticence of old
allies? Perhaps if that campaign plant were chained to his wrist, he could take
a look at the other side of his lamp-lit mythology and envision how quickly the
limelight could be blown out.
This might also
revive the memory of Giuliani�s atrocious record with minorities, capped by the
brutal Amadou Diallo slaying by New York Police on Rudy�s watch: 40
shots fired at the black man reaching for no gun it turned out. All he carried
was his keys, a wallet and a pager. I don�t think black voters will have
On the other side,
you have the heads of the police and firefighters unions themselves openly
condemning Giuliani on NewYork1 for
his 9/11 negligence. These are not union leaders sounding off over a contract
dispute, but rather expressing the voices of enraged constituencies.
Add to those first
responders, the thousands of rescue workers working without respirators on
9/11, exposed to dangerous toxins, now exhibiting signs of cancer and other
severe illnesses. I reported on their plight in No money to
treat 9-11 workers, $3 billion a week to fight Iraq.
Barrett�s take from
talking to these people is that all Giuliani cared about was the public
relations aspect of getting the site cleared up as quickly as possible, itself
a huge mistake, because it was the scene of the greatest crime ever committed
against America, and on our own soil. Forensic scientists should have been
allowed ample time to investigate all materials of the ruins and the true
causes of the incredibly powerful explosions that literally pulverized the
buildings into hard dust.
Taking it to the bank
recently I reported in an Online Journal
Giuliani opens his own bank, that Hizzoner has been trading once again
on his name and 9/11 �experience� to build his own fortune via his private
investment bank, Giuliani Capitol Advisers: ��Court
papers and other filings offer a glimpse at the [Giuliani) banking business,�
reported the Daily News, �in which Giuliani Partners has a controlling
stake.� In fact, GCA�s numero uno banking client seems to be Delta Air Lines.
They hired the boyz last September (the cruelest month) at a monthly fee of
$400,000. That�s a lot of scharola (escarole, green stuff) as we used to
say in the old neighborhood. It�s supposedly an industry standard-fee but it
still pissed off pilots who had to take pay and retirement cuts. . . . But
that�s life they say. And Giuliani asked for $20,343 in lodging and $9,471 in
business meals for his crew. That�s living large, I say, on OPM (other people�s
GCA also nipped Aloha Airlines for about $3 million for work on restructuring,
and ditto for U.S. Airways creditors' committee. Jesus, if I were cynical I�d
say these looked almost like disguised campaign contributions . . .
fact has 36 deals on its website with midsize companies, too. And other clients
and its own investments, like 20 percent of a company selling energy-efficient
lights to cities, with a $150 grand retainer for the deal. That�s about what Rudy
earned a year as mayor. And the White House gig pays $400,000 a year, the
monthly fee for Giuliani Capital Advisors. Anything wrong with this picture?�
What�s wrong is
that beneath Giuliani�s incompetence, which somehow continues to reap huge
financial gains, rest the larger sins of incompetence and the gains of the Bush
administration itself. Giuliani must have been driven from on-high to get rid
of the 9/11 evidence ASAP. For after all is said and done, who had most to gain
from destroying the evidence but the Bush administration and Rudy himself.
Also, accomplishing that task could facilitate his stepping from Mayor of
America to President of America. That shadowy legacy is chained to Giuliani in
perpetuity. He might want to take a fresh look at it and run for the hills
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer living in New York
City. Reach him at email@example.com.