Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Giuliani Says He Could Work Again With Bratton

Source: Crime and Justice News, August 15, 2007.

Presidential contender and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he could imagine working again with his former police chief, William Bratton, now chief in Los Angeles. Giuliani and Bratton had a famous falling out during Giuliani's mayoral reign. The two met recently. Giiuliani, saying that he is older and wiser now, told The New Yorker that his relationship with Bratton was 'extraordinarily productive.' He added: 'We took a city that nobody believed could be turned around with regard to crime, and really did turn it around. That's not like a political slogan. We really did it. Now that I look back on it, I really appreciate the relationship.'
The New Yorker profile of Giuliani calls the gun issue dangerous for the candidate. In two early primary states, New Hampshire and South Carolina, Giuliani can be portrayed as a "a big-city gun grabber." He was a visible ally of Bill Clinton on gun control in the 1990s, and has been close to an absolutist on every gun- control issue he has ever confronted, going back to his time in the Reagan Justice Department (when he opposed Edwin Meese, White House counsel, on the issue). The New Yorker says 'it is the subject on which he becomes most contorted in trying to square his past positions with his current political imperatives.' "
The New Yorker

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