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Pirro Should Not Run Against Hillary

Thursday, 26 May 2005 12:00 AM

Hillary Clinton is a woman whose husband is the former president of the United States.

Jeanine Pirro is a woman whose husband is a convicted felon, with alleged ties to organized crime, including a client he listed on his Web site who was indicted this past March as a key member of the Gambino family.

Hillary Clinton is a United States senator, and her husband headed the Sept. 11 Relief Effort with Sen. Bob Dole and the Tsunami Relief Effort with Former President Bush.

Jeanine Pirro has announced that she will not seek re-election as district attorney of Westchester, even as her husband, a lobbyist and former lawyer, is denying statements on a wiretap by a mob boss that he leaked information to his client about an investigation of a crooked cop conducted by his wife's office.

Tony Blair turned to Bill Clinton to help salvage his electoral fortunes, which had been badly damaged by his association with the Iraq War.

Albert Pirro has repeatedly undermined his wife's chances of having a successful political career. In 1986, she was ready to run for lieutenant governor, but withdrew when it became known that he had investments in a carting company with ties to organized crime. In 2000, when her husband and his brother were convicted of tax fraud based on a return she signed, which paid for her Mercedes and his Ferrari, she outspent her opponent 14 to one and refused to debate in order to hold onto the D.A.'s position over an unknown opponent.

Whether or not her husband leaked confidential information about an undercover investigation, or was the target of a separate payoff operation, the fact that he continued to associate with individuals with criminal connections made him vulnerable to the charges.

Jeanine Pirro says her husband should have nothing to do with her career. If you believe that, don't look at her career, which has been defined by her husband's troubles (I left out the paternity suit, which he fought until it was resolved by a DNA test, and which in turn has now produced a grandfather support suit ...).

Life isn't fair, and she's a big girl. I've always liked her, for just that reason. She's tough, and she's feisty. There's every reason to believe that many of the people advising her, and some of the press, believe exactly the opposite. That's why they're telling her to run against Hillary. Assessing her various options, her local Westchester newspaper had this to recommend:

"Run for U.S. Senate against Democratic Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Taking on Clinton, a popular and well-funded incumbent, would be difficult, but it could also somewhat neutralize the 'husband' issue."

"Somewhat neutralize the 'husband' issue." A convicted felon with ties to organized crime, and the former president of the United States called upon at every occasion to stand and speak for this country by the leaders of the world? How do they somewhat neutralize each other?

So why in the world would anyone suggest that Jeanine Pirro run against Hillary Clinton, much less that she do it to solve her "husband" problem, or to "neutralize" it?

What kind of cruel joke is this, in which the woman is the pawn to play another round of "How Much Do We Hate Bill Clinton?" and how much can we try to use him to hurt Hillary?

Because the truth is, nothing really gets neutralized in politics today, it gets blared – not by the candidates, but by the media. And once they start blaring one side, they need a mandate to blare the other.

Far from being protected by the "dual husbands," what it would ensure is an ugly free-for-all, an excuse to rehash everybody's old and new laundry as you take the new wash out again. If most people don't know the details of all the Pirro's shenanigans, then isn't it only fair to repeat the details of Monica and Belinda, as well? What the national Republicans are selling is their own form of blood sport, which is precisely what they want this time with Hillary, because she's doing well, and always with Bill.

Jeanine Pirro with her Mercedes and Al with his Ferrari and his love-child and mob friends will not come out looking good, but that is not the goal of those who are pushing this candidacy. They don't care if they turn Al Pirro into a household crook if they can get mud on Hill and Bill in the process. Give them an excuse, and they'll start throwing. Ms. Pirro may have an easier, or fairer, time running statewide.

A Republican adviser told the Times that if she runs and loses, she could always get a talk show on Fox. The New York Times repeats that possibility, but quotes an aide as saying her focus is on winning.

The funny thing is, when I was talking about her with one of the bosses at Fox, we figured they would give her a job in the Justice Department. But with Al, she could have trouble with the background check.



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