Reports have been circulating that former New York mayor and current Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani acknowledged Friday that he made a mistake by touting his former police commissioner Bernard Kerik to be President Bush’s homeland security chief.
“The Mayor has said repeatedly it was a mistake to recommend Mr. Kerik for DHS,” Giuliani’s consulting firm, Giuliani Partners, said in a statement to The Associated Press. Also, adding to the mayor’s problems, is a New York Times report, that the former NYC mayor may have had prior knowledge about Kehrik’s relationship with a company that has alleged ties to organized crime.
How this will play out in the campaign is still to be seen. Giuliani campaign personell are not convinced this incident will pose a major problem, but some believe it could lead to questions about the former mayor’s judgement with regard to appointments.