Rudy's Blunt Opinions Ruled NYC Airwaves

Mayor told off callers to radio show, urged others to get therapy
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2007 11:45 PM CDT
In his box-filled City Hall office, then-New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, center, relaxes for a moment during his final radio show, in this Dec. 28, 2001 file photo in New York. As mayor, Giuliani imposed...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rudy Giuliani is a tempered presidential candidate these days, belying the fiery personality displayed on his mayoral radio show in the '90s. Radio Rudy was a loose cannon, known for telling callers to seek psychiatric help, the Times reports. He was unafraid to needle interest groups, once saying “the NRA has lost all credibility” because of its assault weapons support.

America’s Mayor was a “municipal Mr. Fix-It” when the occasion was right and an attack dog when it wasn’t. In a now-famous rant, Hizzoner lost Hizztemper at a ferret-rights activist: “your excessive concern for weasels is a sign of something wrong in your personality.” A troubled relationship with New York’s black community was also in evidence on air.