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How Did Kerik Get Selected?

Thursday, 16 December 2004 12:00 AM

Did the President know about Kerick’s problems and appoint him anyway? Did the President not know about Kerick, and if not, why not? Did the President feel obligated to appoint whomever Rudy wanted? What did Rudy stand to gain by having his guy in such a powerful post? These are all questions that beg to be answered, especially by those of us who support President Bush.

Kerik clearly is a man of questionable character. Putting aside the adultery issues, make that double adultery, the questionable deals and perks and gifts would have raised anyone’s interest for such an important and sensitive post.

Rudy might not think much about the adultery, having been there and done that, but what about the values-conscious Bush administration? Wasn’t the person in charge of vetting Kerik none other than Alberto Gonsalez, the man Bush has appointed to be the new Attorney General?

Besides, adultery does matter. If a man’s wife can’t trust him, can the country trust him to run Homeland Security? To some that sounds prudish I am sure, but not to many Americans in the red states who realize that the country’s moral values are in trouble, and they voted accordingly in 2004.

Putting the moral issue aside, just the over $6 million stock option deal Kerik reportedly got from a company that he never put a penny up with, and that did business with his department looks bad.

I recall how conservatives hammered Hillary Clinton for years about how she took a thousand dollars and made it into $100,000 by supposedly reading The Wall Street Journal. The Kerik deal makes Hillary’s reward look like small change indeed. At least Hillary put up a thousand bucks.

The real loser here is Rudy Giuliani. He begins to look like every stereotype of New York City politics right down to the allegations of mob associates giving gifts to his former Police Commissioner. But Rudy was the mayor of New York, and that is awfully close to New Jersey. What is President Bush’s excuse for giving someone who looks so dirty the keys to the kingdom?

Thankfully the nomination fell apart supposedly because of an imported nanny problem, the all purpose excuse since Clinton’s failed Attorney General nominations in 1993.

Bush and the nation dodged a bullet this time with this bad choice. The country deserves and expects better from this President and should be watching for next time.

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