Man who broke up with ex-wife at press conference asks media to respect his family's privacy

Don’t get me wrong, I’ll probably end up supporting him. But shamelessness this fragrant simply must be blogged.

He was responding to reporters’ questions about what his son told ABC about having gotten his values from his non-presidential parent. Quote:

“My wife Judith is a very loving and caring … mother and stepmother. She has done everything she can. The responsibility is mine,” the former New York mayor told reporters gathered outside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s headquarters.

“I believe that these problems with blended families, you know, are challenges — sometimes they are,” he said. “The more privacy I can have for my family, the better we are going to be able to deal with all these difficulties.”

Newsweek’s mostly glowing profile of Rudy gets the cover this week, but they didn’t stint on one of his more ignominious moments:

Giuliani was also embroiled in personal crises. By the late ’90s, he and Hanover were leading largely separate lives. In 1999 the mayor met Judi Nathan, an attractive East Side divorcée. He was smitten. Over the next year, Nathan and Giuliani spent time together. When Giuliani was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the spring of 2000, forcing him out of a Senate race against Hillary Clinton, Nathan, a registered nurse, helped him as he underwent treatment. Finally, in May 2000, after the New York Daily News published photos of the couple, Giuliani confirmed that Nathan was his “very good friend.”

Then a bizarre sequence unfolded: a week after the photos appeared, Giuliani announced in his daily press briefing that he and Hanover would begin divorce proceedings. But later that day, in a hastily arranged press conference, Hanover had her own announcement: Giuliani’s announcement had caught her by surprise.

Giuliani’s private life was a shambles—and on full display. Another mayor of another city might have moved swiftly to settle the unseemly matter quietly; Giuliani, however, hired Raoul Felder, a celebrity divorce attorney never known to be shy of publicity. When Hanover’s lawyers filed a “paramour access motion” seeking to prevent Nathan from entering Gracie Mansion, where Hanover continued to live, Felder accused Hanover of “howling like a stuck pig.”

I remember Hanover’s press conference. The video isn’t on YouTube yet, but rest assured the Romney and/or McCain people are converting the footage to MPEG as we speak. Writes KP, “Once children enter the picture, the parents have an obligation to try and stay together, and if for some reason they can’t, then at a minimum the children should feel safe that their father will not allow attacks of their mother in the press, or publicly declare his undying love for the woman he dumped his family for.” The kids recovered enough to attend his wedding to Judi Nathan a few years ago, but it’s late in the day and a little too convenient for Rudy to be guilting the press now about airing dirty family laundry.

Maybe this is the opening Tancredo needs! Or maybe not!

Update: Changed the headline from “on TV” to “at press conference.” I honestly don’t remember if Rudy’s daily press briefing was televised that day.