Have the Judith Nathan Scandals Doomed Giuliani's Campaign?

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This post, written by Richard Blair, originally appeared on The All Spin Zone

Two revelations this past weekend in Rudy Giuliani's "Fornigate" seem to elevate the chances that his campaign can't continue. However, his Judy problem isn't even the worst thing about him that's come out this week - the Village Voice did an extensive expose about his ties to the terrorist supporting regime in Qatar.

The title of this post springs from the potential for a new sandwich at Carnegie Deli - the Toasted Rudy - piles of bologna and smelly cheese, dressed with just a squirt of mayo, on a toasted Italian hard roll. (For anyone unfamiliar with this venerable NYC establishment, Carnegie Deli names their fabulous sandwiches after celebrities...)

If I was a betting man, I'd lay some small money on a wager that Rudy Giuliani's presidential candidacy doesn't make it through the next seven days. (Caveat emptor: I also expected Abu Gonzales to resign months before he was actually eased out the back door of DOJ.)

Today, the probe into Rudy's Fornigate is continuing - and the revelation of the moment is that NYC taxpayers picked up in the tab, in October 2001, for escorting mistress Judith Nathan to her parents home in Hazelton, Pa. From the Daily News:
In the fall of 2001, city cops chauffeured Rudy Giuliani's then-mistress, Judith Nathan, to her parents' Pennsylvania home 130 miles away on the taxpayers' dime.
Records show that city cops refueled at an ExxonMobil station down the road from Nathan's childhood home in Hazleton on Oct. 20, 2001, while Giuliani stayed behind in New York attending 9/11 funerals.
A similar receipt pops up at a different Hazleton gas station two months later, when Nathan apparently went home for a pre-Christmas visit with her parents.
The records show that - in addition to using City Hall funds to take Giuliani and Nathan to 11 secret trysts in the Hamptons, as has been previously reported - taxpayers were paying to ferry Nathan on long-distance trips without Giuliani, now a Republican contender for President...
And, WCBS reports this morning:

A source involved with the mayor's operations at the time tells CBS 2 HD that Nathan took flagrant advantage of that police car and driver.
The source says Nathan forced police to chauffeur her friends and family around the city -- even when she wasn't in the car.
That set off alarms with ethics watchdogs.
"The rules are clear, you can't use city resources for private reasons," said Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group. "And if you're using a city car, a police driven car to chauffeur around relatives, unless they're explicitly protected and their deemed to be the subject of potential security threats, it's just wrong."
Nathan's detail was approved by the NYPD after a stranger made an unspecified threat to her. The commissioner at the time was Bernard Kerik...

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