Main | Friday, November 09, 2007

More Woes For Giuliani

And you thought getting Pat Robertson's endorsement was bad?

Rudy Giuliani's onetime protege and business partner, former NYC police chief Bernard Kerik, was indicted yesterday on 14 federal counts including conspiracy, wire fraud, false statement on a loan application, tax evasion, obstructing an FBI investigation and lying to the federal government. The charges have been long coming, but New York television stations still interrupted daytime programming today to go live to a press conference held by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Kerik surrendered to the feds earlier today. A one-time nominee for director of Homeland Security, Kerik withdrew his nomination when it was revealed he'd hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny and that he'd had an affair with publishing mogul Judith Reagan. But that was just the beginning.

Kerik is a multi-millionaire thanks to his business relationship with Giuliani (he was CEO of Giuliani Ventures) and from his stock options with stun-gun manufacturer, Taser. Giuliani has been distancing himself from Kerik for years, but today's news will doubtlessly overshadow any other Giuliani news for a long time.

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