Having grown up outside New York City, I’ve long been convinced that the more the American public comes to know about Rudy Giuliani’s tenure as U.S. Attorney and Mayor, the less they will like him.
As New York mayor, Rudy Giuliani billed obscure city agencies for tens of thousands of dollars in security expenses amassed during the time when he was beginning an extramarital relationship with future wife Judith Nathan in the Hamptons, according to previously undisclosed government records.
The receipts tally the costs of hotel and gas bills for the police detectives who traveled everywhere with the mayor, according to cover sheets that label them “PD expenses” and travel authorizations that describe the trips.
New York’s mayor receives round-the-clock police protection, and there’s no suggestion that Giuliani used his detail improperly on these trips.
Many of the receipts are from hotels and gas stations on Long Island, where Giuliani reportedly began visiting Nathan’s Southampton condominium in the summer of 1999, though Giuliani and Nathan have never discussed the beginning of their relationship.
The story may even put a chink in the armor of Giuliani’s post-9/11 heroism:
Receipts show him in Southampton every weekend in August and the first weekend in September of 2001, before the terror attacks of Sept. 11 disrupted the routines of his city.
Both the travel expenses and the appearance that his office made efforts to conceal them could open Giuliani to criticism that his personal life spilled over into his official duties and his expenses grew in his final years in office.
It is impossible to say which of the 11 Long Island trips indicated by credit card receipts were to visit Nathan and which were for other purposes.
Eight of those trips, however, were not noted on Giuliani’s official schedule, which is now available in the city’s municipal archive and contains many details of Giuliani’s official and unofficial life.
At the very least, this seems to show a callous disregard for financial accountability and a willingness to use taxpayer dollars for purposes that seem wholly unrelated to his official functions as Mayor. And if there really is something more to it, then Rudy may be even sleazier than I thought.