Remembering Bernie Kerik
Michael Wolf at Newser has a good take on why the media shouldn't forget about Bernie Kerik.
Reason #1: Rudy Giuliani. The best way to keep Giuliani from becoming Governor of NY is to remind people about him and Bernie.
Like Wolf, I've never met Bernie in person, but was "befriended" by him on Facebook and we follow each other on Twitter. I've read almost every publicly available pleading in his federal case on PACER, starting with those pertaining to the disqualification of his lawyer and ending with the suggested jury instructions filed last week. During the 2008 primaries, I wrote very detailed posts about him and Rudy, Interstate, Larry Ray (more here) and so on. [More...]
As the New York Times opined in 2007:
The men have an extraordinarily close bond. Mr. Giuliani plucked Mr. Kerik from obscurity to make him correction commissioner. He made him police commissioner even though he may have been briefed about Mr. Kerik’s ties to the company suspected of links to organized crime. Mr. Giuliani also made him a partner in his security business and promoted him for the Homeland Security Department post.
Two important questions are precisely what are the mistakes the former mayor thinks he made in trusting Mr. Kerik, and how can voters be sure that he would not make them again as president, when the stakes for a disastrous appointment would be so much higher.
So my primary interest in Bernie's case, which is set for trial Monday, is more about Giuliani than Bernie. I have no desire to see Bernie convicted. In fact, as I wrote here, I'd like to see him win. But I really want to see Giuliani stay out of public office, and that's why I'll be following the Bernie Kerik trial.
Note: All of my coverage of Kerik is accessible here.
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