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Is Giuliani Running Like It's 1989?

Rudy Giuliani
News broke last Thursday that the Houston-based law firm Bracewell & Giuliani (yes, that Giuliani) was lobbying for Citgo, the oil company controlled by Venezuelan president and American critic Hugo Chávez. Rudy Giuliani had nothing to do with lobbying for Chávez, his campaign pointed out, but links to international rogues have caused Giuliani problems before. In his 1989 failed bid for mayor, Giuliani's then-firm, White & Case, repped Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. "Obviously, you're vulnerable when you are receiving income from a firm that's lobbying for a company that's perceived as damaging our civilization," says Ed Koch. "You can get rich, or you can get elected." Ouch. Swap Chávez for Noriega and Koch could have made that statement in 1989. After the jump, a look at the now-familiar pounding Giuliani took back in the day.