Mob Nearly Iced Rudy in '80s

The federal prosecutor narrowly avoided earning a Mafia hit in the 198s
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2007 1:52 PM CDT
USA. New York City. 1994. Kaicho (Grandmaster) Tadashi Nakamura of the World Seido Karate Organization looks on as Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is presented with an award. (NYC31096)   (Magnum Photos)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani could’ve slept with the fishes but for a 3-2 vote among New York’s five Mafia bosses not to put a contract on the then-federal prosecutor in the mid-'80s. Among the two younger hotheads who wanted to whack the GOP's current presidential frontrunner was none other than John Gotti, the Post reports.

The revelation came from new FBI documents and puts the nixed hit around the time Giuliani put away top don Carmine Persico for 100 years; Persico cast the other vote to rub him out. The leaders of La Cosa Nostra likely didn’t cast ballots in person; three of them were likely behind bars at the time.