Those who know Giuliani well say that when he thinks he’s in love, he waives all the rules of acceptable conduct.
Is the Village Voice talking about one of Rudy’s paramours? Not exactly. David and I were living in New York in 1996 when the Yankees won the World Series. (I almost got swept away in the ensuing parade as I walked to NYU with my backpack on, getting swirled around in the drunken exhilaration that swept the city. But that’s another story.)
This (very long) Village Voice article points out that Rudy may have a problem with the team he loves to champion. Mainly, Rudy has four World Series championship rings worth $200,000 a piece for which he only paid $16,000. His name is even on all four of them.
Giuliani’s receipt of the rings may be a serious breach of the law, and one that could still be prosecuted. New York officials are barred from taking a gift of greater than $50 value from anyone doing business with the city, and under Giuliani, that statute was enforced aggressively against others. His administration forced a fire department chief, for example, to retire, forfeit $93,105 in salary, and pay a $6,000 fine for taking Broadway tickets to two shows and a free week in a ski condo from a city vendor.
I’d never thought of how Rudy’s constant use of prime Yankee seats for his friends and family could be illegal. Mainly, because he flaunted everything he did. The last paragraph of the article sums up how I feel about Rudy generally–from his possible Yankee infractions to the press conference he held to announce his affair to his then wife and family:
But the story of him and his team is not just a saga of disturbing infatuation and self-absorption. It is an object lesson in what kind of a president he would be, a window into his willingness to lend himself to a special interest, to blur all lines that ordinarily separate personal and public lives. It is not so much that he identified with the Yankees. It was himself that he was serving.