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Surprise in Store in Giuliani Files?

To many unfamiliar with Rudy Giuliani's record as New York's mayor, "The Giuliani Files" might be something akin to "The X-Files."

"The truth is out there," Giuliani's critics are saying.

Tonight the Empire State Pride Agenda, the influential gay rights organization in New York, unveiled "The Giuliani Files" on its Web site. It's a thorough examination -- with new videos and documents -- highlighting Guiliani's record on gay rights as New York's mayor from 1994 to 2001. Alan Van Capelle, head of the non-partisan group, charges that Giuliani has been running away from his pro-gay rights record as he courts Republican primary voters. But most media reports, Van Capelle added, has continually labeled Giuliani, who's leading the GOP field in national polls, as pro-gay rights.

As New York mayor, he was for a state and federal hate crimes bill, Van Capelle said. One of the documents that Pride Agenda has on its site is a press release from Giuliani's office dated March 30, 2000 and quotes Giuliani as saying: "Every hate crime is a crime against Our city, since it strikes at the diersity upon which New York thrives."
But last spring, Bill Simon, one of Giuliani's advisers, told the Christian Broadcasting Network that Giuliani is agaist federal hate crimes legislation.

In one of YouTube clips on Pride Agenda's site, Giuliani is seen at the group's fall dinner in 2001, less than a month after the Sept. 11 attacks. The former mayor, who was teased for dressing in drag, spoke warmly about Mark Bingham, the 31-year-old gay man who died in the plane in Pennsylvania, and congratulated the Pride agenda for its work on gay rights.

Another YouTube video shows the ceremony at New York's munucipal building in 1998 when Giuliani, surrounded by the city's gay activists, signed a sweeping domestic partnership law. The bill, Giuliani said, will "help to move society more in the direction of equal treatment for everyone. As mayor, Giuliani equated domestic partnership rights to rights for married people, Van Capelle said. Giuliani was once in support of civil unions for gay couples, Van Capelle added. But in a statement to the New York Sun in April, following the passage of civil unions in New Hamsphire's State Senate, Giuliani said he's against anything that is "the equivalent of marriage."

"The Giuliani Files" is not the first to attack -- or highlight -- Hizzoner's New York record.

In the summer, a New Yorker named Ryan Davis created a satirical YouTube video, titled "Gays for Giuliani: 'A Gay Leader'" that featured gay New Yorkers thanking Giuliani for his support of gay rights.

The liberal activist and documentarian Robert Greenwald has gone after Giuliani for months. On Greenwald's site, TheRealRudy.org, Giuliani's handling of the Sept. 11 attacks are criticized.

"This is about character and about his real stance on our issues" said Van Capelle of Pride Agenda. "The big, big question is: If Giuliani becomes president, which Giuliani will be on our issues? The Giuliani we knew as mayor? Or the Giuliani we're seeing as a candidate for president?"

Added Van Capelle: "Thanks to the Internet, voters in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina" -- the early voting states -- "will get to see where he was on gay issues. And they might be surprised."

-- Jose Antonio Vargas

By Washington Post editors  |  November 27, 2007; 8:00 PM ET
 
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There are many more examples of Giuliani's craven hypocrisy and pandering on the gay rights issue, including a letter he sent to the Stonewall Veterans Association in 2002 praising the organization.

It is in the post here:

http://thegiulianipapers.typepad.com/the_giuliani_papers/2007/08/giuliani-and-ga.html

Posted by: brucekimerer | November 29, 2007 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I hope Ben Smith's story in Politico.com story turns out to be the one that brings down Rudy Giuliani.

Will Politico.com single handedly bring down Rudy Giuliani?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=1117

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Posted by: PollM | November 29, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Not only did he leave her: he shamed her...he pushed her out the back door of the governor's mansion when he moved his mistress in through the front door. So much for family values.

Posted by: maryee | November 29, 2007 9:29 AM | Report abuse

To quote among the infamous words of Senator Larry Craig (R-ID): "I am not gay." Nor would I ever vote for Rudy or any other of that nasty batch of Republican candidates. But Rudy has, on the whole, been the only candidate willing to stick to even a shred of his values, even at the cost of losing voters. For me, it is his one admirable quality. Romney, on the other hand, is a man deserving of no respect, willing to pander to the far right and Christianist voters, willing to chuck fairly mainstream moderate positions--particularly on gay issues and women's rights--if he sees any potential advantage in doing so. Rudy is nasty, but Mitt's a shallow empty shell.

Posted by: northlite | November 28, 2007 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record , just as Senator Clinton insists.
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The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where torturing people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and protect the citizenry.
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Instead, they made a deal with the criminal gang stalker protection rackets to leave them alone and to consequently abandon the citizenry.
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Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
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Do we want a President who sends a "crime does pay" message to society?
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Would you vote for a President who has signed nonagression deals with the KKK or the Nazi party? Gangs that torture with poison and radiation are much like the KKK and Nazi Party.
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We do not need a sellout President. We need a principled leader President.
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If you are one of the few who do not know what the above refers to, do a web search for "gang stalking" to see the tip of the dirtberg. Please do it before you decide to reply to my post.
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Posted by: avraamjack | November 28, 2007 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Jquirk

His wife did not leave him. He left her for his mistress, that he is now married to. Do some research......before you post!

Posted by: Bettyabop | November 28, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

There is not ONE issue Rudy has NOT flip-flopped on, which is why the media continue to use the words "flip flop" with Romney instead of the biggest flip flopper ever.

Pick ANY topic and Rudy's flip flopped on it.

EX:

2001: "We will rebuild!"
2002: "we should not rebuild!"

(Ground Zero)

EX:
1998: "My marriage is great" (said after his wife stopped using his name!)
2000: "everyone knew my marriage was over" (said after getting caught with his mistress)

The man is a work of art in the category of corruption. No human is a bigger liar and I'll debate any historian or anyone.

YOu cannot name ONE issue or topic Rudy hasn't flipped on.

EX:
1997: "My dad is a saint and my role model"
2001: "yeah, we knew some of my dad's criminal past growing up"!!!!!

I"ve got thousands of these.

Visit

GiulianiScandals.blogspot.com

Posted by: christopher1 | November 28, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

His wife left him because he is a gay cross-dresser....not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: jquirk | November 28, 2007 1:01 PM | Report abuse

rudy's greatest crime vis-a-vis gay is his hypocracy. while he could be a better president on gay issues than most republicans, one has to ask serious questions about a guy who will walk away from his record and beliefs. will he stab gays in the back or not help on hate crime legistation, marriage, legal benefits etc? one has to assume that he can NOT be counted on because he prefers power to principle

Posted by: richard.thaler | November 28, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

According to the leading Independent Presidential candidate Daniel Imperato, the recent endorsement by Pat Robertson for Rudy Giuliani will not mask his lack of credentials to run our country and restore our nation's Judeo-Christian values. "This is a continuation of the shell game that the big political parties play during their primary season. With no frontrunner, they are prepared to select the candidate who will promote their war hawk ambitions to attack Iran."

Posted by: jodo201 | November 28, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Of course Giuliani is pro gay rights. He's the ex-mayor of NYC! He knows that the thousands of homosexuals who fled to NYC from their intolerant, bible-confused home towns are just that way. They didn't choose to be hated, ostracized and threatened. The guy's no idiot, hell, his roommate when his wife kicked him out of the Gracie Mansion, was gay. I won't vote for him for a million reasons but his record on gay rights isn't one of them.

Hey folks, sexual preference is a bell curve. It's what happens to your brain during development and there will always be ~5% homosexuals in any population. You can burn everyone of them today and the next generation will have 5%. Thats a scientific fact. Deal with it.

Posted by: thebobbob | November 27, 2007 11:22 PM | Report abuse

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