Guiliani, Kerik, and Corruption

The man who commenter and self-proclaimed neo-libertarian leader Eric Dondero holds up as a strong leader of our time has fallen into yet another scandal. This one concerns his good friend, Bernard Kerik:

Federal prosecutors have told Bernard B. Kerik, whose nomination as homeland security secretary in 2004 ended in scandal, that he is likely to be charged with several felonies, including tax evasion and conspiracy to commit wiretapping.

Kerik’s indictment could set the stage for a courtroom battle that would draw attention to Kerik’s extensive business and political dealings with former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who personally recommended him to President Bush for the Cabinet. Giuliani, the front-runner for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination according to most polls, later called the recommendation a mistake.

Kerik rose from being a warden and police detective to become Giuliani’s campaign security adviser, corrections chief, police commissioner and eventual partner in Giuliani-Kerik, a security arm of Giuliani Partners, which Giuliani established after leaving office in 2001. Kerik resigned his positions in Giuliani’s firm after he was nominated to the homeland security job.

The former mayor is not in any legal jeopardy, according to legal sources directly familiar with the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the inquiry is ongoing. He and his consulting firm have cooperated in the FBI’s long-running investigation of Kerik.

These allegations, while it is clear that Giuliani did nothing wrong, raise still more questions about the man’s character and competence. Guiliani hired a man to work for him both as New York police commissioner and as his business partner who is a shady character at best. This has shades of President Bush’s cronyism as exemplified in the picks of Harriet Miers for Supreme Court Justice, Alberto Gonzalez for Attorney General, and finally Mike “Heck of a Job Brownie” Brown for FEMA director. More cronyism and horrible decision making for subordinates is the last thing this country needs in a Commander in Chief in the Long War and this is yet another reason why Guiliani is not fit to be president.

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  • Eric Dondero

    Hah, so now some libertarians view tax evasion as a “crime”. Interesting.

    You’d think libertarians would come to Kerik’s defense.

    Oops, I plum forgot. He’s a Republican. Can’t be defending any Republicans for tax evasion now can we?

    Eric Dondero, “Self-Proclaimed”
    Neo-Libertarian Leader

  • Eric Dondero

    BTW, is that a typo? Shouldn’t that be “Commentator” instead of “Commenter”?

  • xenos

    “BTW, is that a typo? Shouldn’t that be “Commentator” instead of “Commenter”?”

    Not necessarily. You frequently post comments in this blog. Thus, a commenter.

  • Thomas L. Knapp

    Kerik is just the tip of the iceberg, and his scandals are at a degree of separation from Giuliani’s.

    The real fireworks start when Giuliani’s opponents begin turning over the rocks and exposing the complete corruption of Giuliani himself — going back all the way to his political start as a prosecutor, but especially his gravy-train “consulting” business since 9/11. This con man has turned over tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars in graft — most of it in the form of taxpayer money — in the last five years alone.

    Giuliani’s had far more than his 15 minutes. He’ll go down, hard, when his opponents judge that it’s time to take him down … and John Gotti’s old cell awaits after that.

  • Eric Dondero

    My dictionary says that “Commenter” is a Latin deriative. So, it’s not really English. But since English borrrows so heavily from Latin, I guess it works.

  • Eric Dondero


    Ego dico Lingua Latina. Cogito ergo sum. Tua comprehende?

  • Eric Dondero

    I see Tom Knapp has nothing else to attack Giuliani on, so he’s going for the “he’s corrupt” angle. That’s a bit out of bounds, and unusual for a Libertarian. Usually, Libertarians attack Republicans on issues, like Drug Legalization, Guns, Taxes ect…

    So, watching Knapp try to use the Corruption angle is amusing, but important.

    Proof positive that Giuliani leans so far libertarian, that it’s getting harder and harder for Radical Libertarians to attack him.

    I’m pleased.

  • Whit

    So the fact that Giuliani believes that a president should have the power to imprison anyone he wants without charges or trial doesn’t concern a libertarian? (See: this, it’s what Giuliani told the president of Cato.)

  • Adam Ricketson

    In response to Eric’s first post:

    Unless our tax system is illegitimate, then tax evasion is a crime. If a person, such as Giuliani, intends to enforce the government’s tax code and run a government funded by mandatory taxes, then it would be hypocritical for him (or anyone vigorously championing his presidential ambitions) to excuse his associates who undermine the tax code.

    Also, you seem to have missed this charge: “conspiracy to commit wiretapping”.

  • Eric Dondero

    Is that person that you are referring to a Radical Muslim with ties to terrorism? If so, than I’m with Rudy on that 100%. The proper Libertarian position is to oppose Islamo-Fascism not suck up to it, and coddle it.

    These people want to convert us or kill us.

    That is wholly UN-libertarian.

    And Bush has been entirely wimpy and politically correct in fighting this War on Islamo-Fascism. Time we start cracking some heads!!!

  • M.Yumalie

    So what? Republicans are held to much higher standard, Democrats can do no wrong in most public’s eye, they can commit murder and nobody cares. I guess the Republicans are much better people.

  • Clai Carlton

    It is amazing how desperate some liberals are to find something illegal about having “vision”. When NY needed a leader, Giuliani stepped up big time. Now that the biggest action is political sniping, they are wading in with innuendo, and a the war cry, “try Giuliani in the liberal press”. This is only because they have nothing to base their claims on, and seek to confuse the already confused, even further.

  • Chris

    Rudy “Scoop and Dump” Guliani is nothing but business as usual. Same shit, different day.