The competition is heating up in the TPM-Giuliani "I really never knew Kerik all that well" TPM-Shirt contest.
Last night reader RB made a strong early entry with this quote from today's piece in the Times. Later on, TPM reader HR wrote in with another strong contender from the same article.
And through the course of the day I've been getting unconfirmed reports from readers about various statements Giuliani has made on the talk shows (we'll check those by the transcripts when they come out).
Now TPM reader KS just chimed in with another good one from tomorrow's Times.
In a story about the New York City's Department of Investigation's look at Kerik's alleged ties to mob figures, Giuliani said this ...
But Rudolph W. Giuliani said in an interview yesterday that none of those facts were brought to his attention in August 2000 when, as mayor, he appointed Mr. Kerik as New York's top police official.
"I didn't get to consider it then," Mr. Giuliani said, "and I did not know much about it all until this confirmation process started for homeland security."
But while KS's entry gains points on alleged lack of (Rudy) knowledge grounds, that passage is followed by this one ...
Mr. Giuliani said he did not believe any of the revelations he had heard would have changed his mind on Mr. Kerik's appointment.
And there this entry seems to come up short on true betrayal and abandonment grounds.
In non-contest-related news, the article notes that New York City officials say that such highly sensitive information would likely only have been shared with the Mayor and the city's top lawyer. So maybe Rudy's got his own problems.