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Politics Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book

02:15  27 february  2020
02:15  27 february  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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He asked President Bush to let him execute Osama bin Laden, he wrote in his book . On his last day in office , he walked ground zero and recognized a familiar That many wanted the mayor to stay on is undeniable. But American electoral democracy rarely pauses. Abraham Lincoln held elections in 1864.

As Mayor of New York City during the September 11 attacks in 2001, Rudy Giuliani played a role in the response to the terrorist attack against the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

Rudy Giuliani wearing a suit and tie: Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book © Getty Images Giuliani asked for post-9/11 mayoral election to be canceled so he could stay in office: book

Rudy Giuliani asked then-New York Gov. George Pataki to cancel New York City's 2001 mayoral election so he could stay in office after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, according to a excerpt of Pataki's unpublished memoir obtained by the New York Post.

At a press conference with Giuliani and then-Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi at Manhattan's Pier 92 on Sept. 24, 2001, the former mayor reportedly asked for a private meeting with Pataki where he "dropped a bomb," by asking the governor to extend his term limit, which was set to expire that year.

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Pataki initially supported the idea of repealing term limits so Giuliani could remain in office but then decided it was a "bad idea both as a matter of principle and politically."

"Are you really, right now, after a terror attack on our state, our city, asking me to just cancel the entire election? I am a conservative. We respect the law. For God's sake, you're a prosecutor! You know the law," Pataki thought to himself.

The two Republicans' legal teams discussed the idea for the following weeks. Giuliani eventually left office and now-presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg took office.

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The New York City mayoral election of 1993 occurred on Tuesday, November 2, 1993, with Republican nominee U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Rudolph Giuliani narrowly

The 2009 election for Mayor of New York City took place on Tuesday, November 3. The incumbent Mayor , Michael Bloomberg, an independent who left the Republican Party in 2008

In 2008, the New York City Council voted to extend term limits for Bloomberg, who went on to serve a third term amid the financial crisis. Bloomberg then backed restoring the two-term limit, which is now the rule again.

In the days following 9/11, Giuliani was dubbed "America's Mayor" by Oprah Winfrey and was repeatedly praised for his efforts to unit the city. Pataki said that although Giuliani "abandoned some of the most basic conservative principles" he may not have had malicious intentions.

"While some may look at Rudy Giuliani as a power-hungry politician, the reality is that he wanted to keep leading and helping with the recovery efforts. He believed staying in office was best for the city. I was sure it wasn't," Pataki wrote.

Giuliani did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Pataki's book, "Beyond the Great Divide," will be released in April.

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