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One Reporter's Opinion @ It's About 'Kerik-ter'

Thursday, 16 December 2004 12:00 AM

But Kerik's "nannygate" was the least of it. It pales in comparison with the former New York City police commissioner's alleged violations of conflict-of-interest laws, mob connections and post-9/11 security industry profiteering.

Kerik's benefactor Rudy Giuliani should've known what we now know about Kerik before recommending his protege for the national security post. Kerik was a key partner in Giuliani's firm. Kerik lent his prestige to stun gun manufacturer Taser International, which has a contract, if you please, with Homeland Security. Kerik cleared out his Taser stock options last month with a $6.2 million windfall!

It is further revealed by the New York Daily News that as the city's corrections chief, Kerik allegedly interceded with New York City's trade waste commission to get a license for a company suspected of having mob connections.

Is it any wonder that President Bush readily accepted Kerik's decision to withdraw his nomination as Homeland Security secretary after the White House concluded it would be impossible for him to win confirmation for a post that supervises enforcement of the nation's immigration laws when he had immigration problems in his own household?

The nanny who Kerik employed and failed to pay taxes on her behalf was in the country illegally and conveniently sent out of the country before all of this gained public attention.

But Kerik's "nannygate" was the least of his problems. It now comes to light that with a pregnant wife at home, he was nonetheless actively involved with two mistresses and maintained a lover's nest in Manhattan ... and the public soon discovered that 'titian-haired' publisher Judith Regan was also deeply involved with Kerik.

The illicit relationship came tumbling down when Regan discovered that her married lover had another mistress and that his wife was pregnant. This led to a shouting match between the two mistresses, who then called the wife.

I guess what we're talking about here is character. But is the behavior of those who perform in Sanctuary City really a shocker? Is this really a complete surprise when we recall that the White House told House Republicans it wanted them to remove provisions in the intelligence-overhaul bill that would have cracked down on illegal aliens - those obtaining driver's licenses - and allowed easier deportation of illegals and limited the use of foreign consular I.D. cards? The White House actually expressed its desire to kill many of the immigration provisions and gut others.

Recently, fellow journalist D.A. King had this to say:

"Kerik's stepping aside must be described as the prudent thing to do. But he has admitted to actions dwarfed by those made daily by the president himself and far less damaging to the rule of law and future of America."

King continued: "Bush does not seem to have the same concerns about millions of illegals who enter our children's America or that he openly ignores his sworn duty to enforce the law that makes it a felony for corporate America to profit from employing of illegals who are changing our nation forever. I, for one, expect the president himself to be held to at least the same standards as his Cabinet nominee."

Do the political elite hear the words of this journalist? Do they, at long last, get the message? Nobody's above the law!!

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