Those at PTS know my stance on this guy -- like to call him the Ghouliani. Here's a two-hour video documentary into the life of the ex-mayor.
Starts w/ his family's mob ties & then progresses into his political beginnings.
It's non-biased throughout, a lot of interviews w/ those whom have worked for/with him.
My true concern is how 'hardline' he is. Being a NYC resident for most of the Ghouliani years -- I should know. His "quality of life" issues in
NY bordered on a police state that you can see in this film; his removing of 'street artists' was so controversial, there were marches throughout
the 90s anti-Rudy.
An extremely shady background, where his father served about a year in prison (Sing Sing) for an armed robbery. His 'marching' against former mayor
David Dinkins is covered -- it was a serious controversy then, Rudy sided w/ the police & many racist comments were used that day... a renowned
police chief (Bratton) is interviewed, Rudy fired him for doing a magazine interview.
I haven't reached the end yet, so, I imagine the Kerik scandal (federal, tax fraud charges) is included & Rudy's long list (4 or 5?) ex-wives & his
role/ deficiency in handling 9/11. (outdated radios/comm. devices) (still no mention; also, Rudy's obsession w/ getting 'sports' back, totally
ignored rescue/first responders health concerns who are today absolutely sickened.)
His career as a federal prosecutor is discussed quite a bit towards the start & his clashing w/ the education dept. The former is important, since he
took a vicious stance against Haitian refugees trying to flee a corrupt state where they were being executed by the government. Bodies were washing
up in the U.S. -- Rudy did not allow them in the country. Yet, today, the borders of Canada/Mexico seem primed for a NAU, let alone the fact of a
swelling immigrant population.
He was booed in a re-election 'speech' since his 'quality of life' campaign bordered on police brutality in some regards as well as
unconstitutional arrests of 'gray area' crime.... city worker's pay/rights are questioned. Rudy defends his welfare record (cuts/sanctions)
through "savings." (there's interviews w/ welfare/shelter recipients & city workers/professors)
For those w/ the time, I strongly recommend watching this, for those without, bookmark/save for when you do have time should you be considering voting
for this seemingly "mob guy." The film is very well-done, not alarmist or one-sided.
on the edit(s): Rudy's record of censorship should alarm
people who care about the Constitution's validity... also, the Diallo case, where
the cops unloaded (41 shots) on this man -- "excellent officers" who he didn't remove from the force. Marches on D.C./NYC trying to impeach him
[edit on 5-12-2007 by anhinga]