Giuliani faces further scrutiny

April 3, 2007


Coming off a very rough past week, Rudy Giuliani surely prayed that the dawning of a new week would offer some reprieve. Unfortunately for Giuliani however, stories revealing the “real” Rudy continue to surface.

First, it was discovered Monday that his third – and current – wife Judith was involved in a program that killed innocent puppies to test controversial medical-supply products.

“It was a horribly cruel, outrageous program,” Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral said about the demonstrations of medical staplers on dogs conducted by U.S. Surgical Corp. employees during Giuliani’s tenure there in the late 1970s.

Feral said U.S. Surgical’s demonstrations on hundreds of dogs each year through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s were done to boost sales, not for medical re search or testing.

The dogs were “either put to death following the sales demonstrations because they can’t re cover from them, or they die during them,” Feral said.

“I’m not going to characterize her, but I hope she regrets it for what it was – a money-grubbing effort,” said Feral, whose Darien, Conn.-based activist group waged a heated public-relations battle with the Norwalk-based company for more than a decade.

“I guess the question would be, how does she justify this now? What is her conscience at this stage?” Feral asked about Giuliani’s association with U.S. Surgical.

“There’s no ethical justification for this.”

And then Tuesday TPM Cafe’s Eric Kleefeld cited a piece from the Charlotte Observer regarding a controversial abortion ultrasound bill – that could very well “turn the S.C. primary” – and noted that Giuliani’s failure to support the measure could sink his hopes of winning the S.C. primary.

Stories like this one make one think that it’s only a matter of time before the reality of Rudy’s social liberalism catches up to him in key conservative-dominated primary states — in this case, South Carolina.

… Rudy has just become the only one of the key GOP candidates to fail to endorse a bill making its way through the South Carolina legislature that would discourage abortion by mandating that a woman seeking one first view an ultrasound of her fetus.

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