Republican presidential front-runner Rudy Giuliani is determined to run a "Southern strategy" ... even in the Midwest. The campaign's newly-hired Minnesota law enforcement strategist was fired from a top state position due to his fondness for the word "nigger."
TPM Election Central reports the newly-appointed campaign official with the colorful history is Richard Stanek, the Sheriff of Hennepin County, Minnesotta—the same county whose district attorney is prosecuting the Larry Craig bathroom incident. Stanek was formerly the state public safety commissioner but was forced out in 2004 after it was revealed he admitted calling several black motorists "nigger" in a 1992 police brutality suit. In other words, a perfect match for Giuliani.
Asked under oath in 1992 if he had ever used the word "nigger," he said he had "several times." ... In the deposition, he also admitted telling a racist joke and making negative comments about people because of their race.
Under deposition, the conservative sheriff describes his liberal usage of the racial slur:
Q: You indicated before you have used the word nigger before?
Q: Have you used the word ... before on any other occasion other than discussing this case?
Q: Excluding the ones that had to do with this case how many times?
Q: Have you used that term when you were not quoting what somebody else said but merely expressing your own thoughts or words?
One would imagine the Bernard Kerik experience would have forced Giuliani to become more efficient at vetting hires. It has not. The former federal prosecutors' presidential campaign is steered by juggernaut of thugs, racists, closeted gay sexual harassers and extortionists. drug dealers, and, in a delicious twist of irony, the father of the drug dealer is also a racist. It's almost operatic.
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