Rudy Rooted in Saints, Sinners

His moralist streak, but blind loyalty evident in past, key to future
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 6:42 AM CST
Republican presidential hopeful, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, speaks to voters during a campaign stop at a VFW Hall in Laconia, N.H., on Saturday.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In search of what moral influences made the Rudy Giuliani we see today, Newsweek explores the pol's past and finds a boy with both cops and crooks in his family. The clash between Rudy's Catholic education and a father who served prison time, the mag writes, might explain his obsession with scofflaws and blindness to Bernard Kerik’s misdeeds.

Kerik said he felt like a "made man" when accepted into Giuliani's inner circle. Giuliani’s life experiences blur the line between saints and sinners, leaving a selective moral sense. His strong professional record contrasts with shattered personal ties that include Alfonse D’Amato, who nominated him for US attorney and now campaigns for Thompson.