Sunday, June 10, 2007

Giuliani & Gays

Maureen Dowd of the New York Times has an op-ed this morning, unfortunately behind the NYT firewall, where she asks, "Be honest. Who would you rather share a foxhole with: a gay soldier or Mitt Romney?"

For my money, Howling Latina will take the gay soldier over the glib, fresh-faced GOP Bret girl; it's no contest. Talk about your classic switcheroo con-man. Attractive, all dressed up in feathers and furs to conceal his hollow core. For all but most loyal die-hard GOPers, the pandering has to be labeled as 'whoring without a cause.'

And the same can be said for the cross-dressing Rudy Giuliani, who is full of Sept. 11 machismo sprinkled with hypocrisy of epic proportions. Last month, USA Today wrote of Giuliani's private life, circa 2000, when he unceremonious dumped his bride for a fresher face.

America [is] getting a look at what New York tabloid readers [are] familiar with from the pre-Sept. 11 world, when Giuliani's planned 2000 Senate campaign against Hillary Rodham Clinton fell apart in the face of his prostate cancer and the messy and very public breakup of his marriage to TV personality Donna Hanover.

Judith Nathan was the other woman back then and subsequently became Giuliani's third wife and stepmother to the two Giuliani-Hanover children, Andrew and Christine. Giuliani's first marriage to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, ended after 14 years in divorce and later an annulment.

Giuliani's brutish behavior of announcing to the world that he was leaving his wife before having the good manners to tell her will surely give pause to more than a few women of faith, although certainly not all.

Of course, there is more. There is the issue of moral courage in defending one's friends. Recently, Giuliani refused to say where he theoretically stands on the issue of gays in the military, using the lame excuse that during war, any social change must be delayed. It's for the soldiers welfare, of course.

Well, Mayor Giuliani certainly didn't have any qualms about exploiting the kindness of his gay pals when hard times hit him with a two-by-four and he needed a pillow to lay his head.

Back when Giuliani was Time's Man of the Year, Eric Pooley of Time Magazine recounted how the former mayor during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack was living in an "Upper East Side apartment of Howard Koeppel [with] his longtime partner, Mark Hsiao."

That's right, folks, three was company. When his former wife, Donna Hanover, refused to move out of Gracie Mansion, it was just Rudy and two gays. "Koeppel, a friend and supporter of Giuliani's, had [loaned] the mayor a bedroom suite" after he had moved out in June 2001. And at the time, no one can recall Rudy talking about the cohesiveness of the mayor's office being hampered as a result of the mayor's sleepovers.

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