April Fool's! When America's Mayor told Barbara Walters that his wife, Judith Nathan, would be attending Cabinet meetings if he's elected President, he was totally joking. Some confusion arose when Giuliani told Walters that Nathan would be welcome at Cabinet meetings if they were discussing something she might find interesting: "If she wanted to. If they were relevant to something that she was interested in. I mean that would be something that I'd be very, very comfortable with".
Giuliani later clarified his remarks:
Judith and I got a good laugh after we heard that she would be a member of the Cabinet, especially after she made it clear in the interview with Barbara Walters that she is not particularly interested in politics or policy. Like most couples, we rely on each other and support each other, but we have different interests. My interest is in politics and deciding policy. Judith is a nurse. Her interest is in educating people on how to stay healthy."
What's funny is that the end of the WABC 7 story, there's a reference to Hillary Clinton's involvement with healthcare during Bill's presidency: "Her policy efforts created some problems for the couple."
And then there's the Bernie Kerik situation. While records show that Giuliani knew about Kerik's dealings with mob-related contractors (they did renovation work at Kerik's home for free), Rudy's been claiming he forgot all about it. But how can you really forget your good friend, the Police Commissioner, might have broken the law?
Separately, the Associated Press ran a story Friday indicating how September 11 could be a double-edged sword for Giuliani, both helping and hurting his reputation. The article quotes a firefighter's mother saying "My son was murdered because of your incompetence!" So you can discard any hopes of a higher tone during the '08 campaign starting now.