But then what about Giuliani?
In 1994, New York City Mayor Giuliani endorsed Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo against his Republican rival, George Pataki. In doing so, Giuliani stated that:
A moment ago I mentioned the risk we take if we fail to choose wisely. I am well aware of the risk I take as a Republican Mayor endorsing a Democratic Governor. But I have concluded that the risk is worth taking for the sake of the City of New York and the State of New York. Mario Cuomo will simply be a better Governor than George Pataki.
What was the Republican Party’s response for this treachery? Did they support a challenger against Mayor Giuliani during the 1997 primary (ala Ned Lemont)? Did the Republican Party shun Giuliani with the hope that he would quietly fade away? Of course not. As we all know, Giuliani easily won reelection and then ran as the Republican candidate for the United States Senate in 2000 before having to withdraw after being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Moreover, not only did he seek his party’s nomination for the United States presidency, but early polls showed him to be the front-runner. Clearly his decision to follow his convictions and cross party lines to endorse Governor Cuomo did not cause his party to seek his ouster. So then why isn’t Senator Lieberman seeing the same consideration and understanding from the Democrats that Giuliani saw from the Republicans? Was his endorsement of Senator McCain somehow more offensive than Giuliani’s endorsement of Cuomo? No. Actually, he pretty much said the same thing:
Political Parties are important in our country, but they are not more important than what’s best for our country. They’re not more important than friendship. They’re not more important than our future and that’s why I’m proudly here.
So, I ask again: Why is it acceptable for Republican Rudy Giuliani to endorse the opposition, but Democratic/Independent Senator Lieberman cannot do the same?
Double standard anyone?
Contact Senator Harry Reid and tell him to Let Joe Stay!
Senator Harry Reid
528 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-3542 / Fax: 202-224-7327