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A Giuliani's Support
Goes to - Obama

You might think the media are devoting WAY too much attention to the spouses of presidential candidates.
But that was yesterday. Now we've moved on to the kids--in particular, 17-year-old Caroline Giuliani.
She's not supporting her dad. She's backing...Barack Obama.

Slate discovered this morsel of information by gaining access to the teenager's Facebook page. And there it is, along with the 207 photos of Caroline: She was a member of the group "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)." Until 6:00 this morning, that is, when she left the group after receiving an inquiry from Slate. (Quitting, too, leaves an electronic trail.)

Facebook pages are supposed to be private, but as Miss New Jersey learned after the racy photos from her page leaked out, it's all too easy in this digital age for anything you post to become public.

We already knew that Caroline and her 21-year-old brother Andrew were estranged from their father, in part because of tensions with his third wife, Judith, who helped bust up his marriage to the children's mother, Donna Hanover. That was already an uncomfortable situation for the former New York mayor. But to have his own daughter backing a DEMOCRATIC candidate, well, what if that pops up at the next debate?

For the record, Caroline Giuliani says she joined Facebook for "friendship," "random play" and "whatever I can get." What she's now gotten is some presumably unwanted attention.
--Howard Kurtz

By Bill Hamilton  |  August 6, 2007; 2:56 PM ET
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That is funny. If you are Rudy, how do you explain that!

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | August 6, 2007 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I think it is regretful that Ms. Giuliani should be a topic of the mainstream press. She is still a girl and has a right to privacy. Indeed, her father is running for president, but she has never asked to be in the limelight. Her father's decision should not thrust her into this uncomfortable position at this young an age. True, people must understand that what they post on the internet is viewable by others, we should allow youngsters to have a normal childhood no matter how their parents (estranged or not) chose to live their lives.

Posted by: dan.omaley | August 6, 2007 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Giuliani's daughter supports O'bama (he's actually Irish); at least one of his ex-wives supports Hillary, and his son just can't stand his guts.
It gets worse.
When one of the other Republican candidates - one with real money like Romney or Thompson - goes after Giuliani's current spouse, she'll fold like a cheap beach chair. After all, she's about as loyal in relationships as he is, and one can be certain that he's already looking to trade up.

Posted by: listats | August 6, 2007 5:48 PM | Report abuse

What a surprise -- Rudy's kids despise him! He only cheated on their mother and then announced his love for his mistress at a press conference. He'll do the same to Judy in the future. Now that 9/11 has made him a multi-millionaire and he's a major candidate for the presidency, he's probably getting offers from hotter and younger women -- Jeri Thompson, perhaps? GOP Family Values, gotta love hypocrisy!

Posted by: vfazio | August 6, 2007 4:58 PM | Report abuse

You're spending your subscribers' fees and ad revenue to cover THIS? Mr. Kurtz, you've graduated from covering the "Media Circus" to becoming a center-ring act. Your own kids must be so awful proud of what you've made of yourself.

Posted by: anglosabroso | August 6, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Some people join Facebook groups in order to challenge the groupthink rather than add to it. Without looking at Caroline's posts, you can't state she's an Obama supporter. Though I am -- GO BARACK!!

Posted by: noGOP4me | August 6, 2007 3:53 PM | Report abuse

While it's a funny 'ah-ha' tidbit of news - it just wasn't very nice thing to do to the kid - her dad deserves it she doesn't.

Posted by: kec132 | August 6, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

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