Why was Giuliani's security so costly? Was he needing protection from his wife, Donna Hanover? Was her tax money used to protect her errant husband?
A senior aide to the former mayor defended the handling of the expenses, incurred from 1999 to 2001, calling them "completely proper." The aide contended that the billing followed longstanding procedures in which legitimate travel expenses for the police detectives were spread among the budgets of various mayoral offices. "Proper"? "Legitimate"? Are New Yorkers expected to assume the burden of a cheating mayor?
Giuliani is calling the accusation, revealed just two hours before the Republican debate, "a hit job." Another curious choice of terms for a mayor who was hitting or, perhaps more accurately, being hit on.