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Giuliani’s South Carolina Meltdown

Posted on Jun 26, 2007

Rudy Giuliani is no stranger to ill-advised staffing choices, but his latest picks to head up his South Carolina campaign have caused the candidate some real headaches. First, Thomas Ravenel had to resign, presumably from legal trouble related to cocaine. Now his father (and replacement) is in hot water over past racist comments, including a reference to the NAACP as the “National Association for Retarded People.”

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At this point, we can make it official: Rudy Giuliani really, really, really has bad luck with members of South Carolina’s Ravenel clan.

Earlier this month, Rudy’s former South Carolina chair, Thomas Ravenel, quietly stepped down from the gig after getting indicted for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Today, Rudy’s campaign announced that Ravenel’s father, Arthur Ravenel, Jr., would serve as the state’s campaign co-chair. But now Rudy isn’t faring a heck of a lot better with Ravenel the Elder, either.

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By Anon ymous, July 27, 2007 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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He should also pay the $1,000,000 fine and pay for all the expenses that the Charleston police, SLED, FBI, US Attorney’s office have incurred during their investigation and prosecution of this case and serve some jail time. Then, he will have made amends with the State of South Carolina.

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By You can run, July 16, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment
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..but you can’t hide.

If Ravenel is convicted of distribution of cocaine, he can serve as much as 20 years in prison. I would say that it is more likely that he will cut a “plea deal” to serve a short amount of time behind bars along with probation.

If Ravenel cuts a “plea deal”, in other words, “pleads guilty” then the Feds should insist that he roll over on a “Bigger Fish” If he does not roll over, then he should do some serious jail time with the rest of the “Cocaine Distributors”.

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By great_satan, June 26, 2007 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment

#81514 by TDoff
  I agree, Giuliani is but the lineage-holder for the “Post 9/11” neo-con republicans. In so many ways, the GOP campaign looks like campaign to be selected by the powers that be, rather than to be elected by the public. Giuliani is the shoe in, directly elevated by 9/11 (and probably in on the whole deal.) Is McCain just trying to brown-nose his way in or what?
    BushII? Is that for real or a joke? If its true, Dubya is damned clueless. His own daddy even said he thinks America has “Bush fatigue.”

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By ctbrandon, June 26, 2007 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

There is really only one clear choice in the Republican Party right now. Ron Paul. He is the only person capable of beating Hillary. Unfortunately, the elite power will make sure that someone like Guliani or Romney gets the nod, so they can get Hillary in and pass the torch from a Bush back to a Clinton. She gets to serve for 8 years then hand it off to Jeb. We all know the Clintons and Bushes are related, and that will mark 44 years with one of them in power. And we thought this was a Government of the people. LOL


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By TDoff, June 26, 2007 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment

The more that is revealed about Giuliani’s track record and background, the more perfect he seems as an exact replica, a clone, of Bush? Could they have had the same mother?

Anyway, this bodes well for the republicans in ‘08, they’re already gathered in smokey dens, gloating, ‘If Rove can flummox the dumb oxes once, he can flummox the dumb oxes twice’.

However, they’re gonna low-key it. Cheney already vetoed Bush’s suggestion that Rudy be referred to as ‘BushII’ all during his campaign.

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By Skruff, June 26, 2007 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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Rudy had a bit-of-luck, and a quick tongue following the events of September 11, 2001. Give him that he’s a good speaker in a pinch…. BUT his handling of New York City affairs bares examination if he is to be credible as a candidate for president.

He never spoke out against the actions of his racist police department.

He laid off firemen after the 9/11 disaster, and with a straight face said it was for the good of the city’s health.

He made no attempt before or after 9/11 to increase the pay of firemen who as of today find it hard to live in the city they serve.

He brought his mistress into Gracie Mansion (a city owned residence for the mayor) while his wife still lived there.  While his personal life is not my concern, I do question his judgement and loyalty based on this action.

For me, Rudy is not an option.

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