What The Heck Happened To Rudy Guiliani?

What The Heck Happened To Rudy Guiliani?
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Not too long ago, every time you turned around, Rudy Giuliani, the once-crusading District Attorney of Manhattan, was putting dozens of seemingly untouchable gangsters and white collar criminals behind bars. Then, as mayor, he practically single-handedly cleaned up Times Square - turning porn theaters into musical theaters and creating a welcoming environment for tourists from all over the world. After 9/11, the guy could’ve run for President, himself, and won.

How times change. Nowadays, Mr. Giuliani, wearing the moniker of raving, right wing lunatic like a badge of honor, has assumed a new role. That of a modern-day Pied Piper for the GOP, leading the band of hapless idiots that are the Trump supporters; willfully ignoring facts, and looking to set the bar as low as possible, whilst driving the car filled with all the goodwill he’s built up over the years - from New Yorkers and elsewhere - off a cliff.

I remember being at a fund raiser for Israel back in ‘05 and Giuliani was the speaker. At the time, I had no idea of how far right the former republican mayor’s leanings went. I only really remembered him as the guy who put John Gotti away and the guy who seemed super human in the wake of 9/11. The ovation he received when he took the stage was like Pavarotti appearing for the last time.

When it was time for questions, I raised my hand and asked if he thought the invasion of Iraq, at the time having just recently concluded, was a mistake. Guiliani lashed out at me with such fury and anger, not only did it cause half the people at my table to gasp, when he finished, he had to take a moment to gather himself. It obviously had an effect on the rest of the audience, as well, as, when he left the stage, he left to polite applause. People came up to me for the rest of night patting me on the back for asking the question, but I was in a state of shock.

From that moment on, it seemed, at least to me, that Guiliani was living a double life. The do-gooder on the outside, and the fierce, angry zealot on the inside.

I, for one, am glad it took an idiot like Trump for the world to finally see his true colors, as, no matter who I told back then, no one could believe it. It’s like Superman saving Lois Lane, then coming over for dinner and spewing anti-Muslim hatred whilst foaming at the mouth about how weak the female sex is.

Maybe he was on psychotropic meds all those years and his co-pay finally ran out? Perhaps he’s always been this way and only the folks who follow N.Y. politics on a daily basis knew about it? Don’t know. Either way, I can’t help but feel this guy has lost the respect of the people he worked so hard for for so many years. He’s certainly lost mine.

Way to go, Mr. Mayor. You’re now the Barry Bonds of politics.

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