Guiliani Leads GOP
Posted by nytexan on August 10, 2007
In a recent CNN/Opinion Poll Giuliani seems to be leading the GOP candidates. That’s pretty sad considering Giuliani only has one day in his political career to stand on, 9/11. It’s interesting that prior to that day, anyone west of NYC probably couldn’t tell you who the mayor was, but GOP supporters have made a hero out of a guy who actually failed New York City.
Giuliani came into office not long after the first World Trade Center attack and he was made very aware of the needs of the first responders. However, Giuliani did nothing to supply the equipment, enact a plan or prepare the citizens of New York City for future events. And still he’s the hero of the GOP.
- WASHINGTON (CNN) — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is leading the pack of Republican presidential hopefuls, supported by 29 percent of respondents in a poll released Friday.
- Unannounced candidate former Sen. Fred Thompson is close behind with 22 percent, according to the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll. Sen. John McCain of Arizona is a distant third with 16 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 12 percent support.
- Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee follow with 3 percent each; Reps. Ron Paul of Texas and Tom Tancredo of Colorado with 2 percent; and former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson with 1 percent.
- However, if former House Speaker Newt Gingrich joins the race, Giuliani’s support would drop slightly, to 27 percent, and Thompson’s to 19 percent, poll results showed. Gingrich would have 12 percent support, the survey found.
- Forty-four percent of the 357 registered voters who describe themselves as Republican or independents leaning Republican said they believe Giuliani is the most likable among the GOP candidates, and another 44 percent said they believe he has the best chance of beating the Democratic nominee come November 2008.
I don’t think people would find him so likable if they knew what a police state he ran in New York. Or, “Before picking up the “hero” moniker, Giuliani was commonly referred to in the city he governed as a “fascist” and a “thug.” These accusations didn’t just come from civil libertarians. Former New York Mayor Ed Koch likened Giuliani to the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. According to Koch, Giuliani “uses the levers of power to punish any critic.” Koch went on to explain, “He doesn’t have that right—that’s why the First Amendment is so important.”
- And 35 percent said they believe Giuliani is a strong leader, with 30 percent saying he is qualified to be president. On those questions, McCain comes in second place, with 20 percent and 29 percent, respectively.
I suppose one day counts for something!
- Asked which candidate is most honest, 22 percent picked Giuliani, 18 percent selected McCain and Thompson.
Honesty doesn’t become you Giuliani, remember how you took all your papers as mayor and place them in the private sector.
Mr. Giuliani’s decision to by-pass the Department of Records and Information Services sends the wrong message to government officials not only in New York but across America—that message being that it is perfectly reasonable and ethical to treat public records as private property. The records under scrutiny here were created during Mr. Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of New York City and are therefore public records.
Well guess that’s fitting since the GOP seems to be very against open government. After all that requires honesty.
The poll, which had a sampling error of plus or minus 5 percentage points, was conducted by telephone Monday through Wednesday.