Pete and Rudy
We ran into Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican, at the British Embassy on May 23 and asked him who he was supporting for president in 2008.
“Rudy Giuliani,” the congressman replied without hesitation.
The Manhattan-born son of Irish immigrants (his father was a New York City police detective), Mr. King reminded Inside the Beltway of something he first told us in 1999 — that while in law school he had clerked for one summer with Mr. Giuliani, the Brooklyn-born grandson of Italian immigrants, at Richard Nixon’s New York City law firm.
“Rudy’s mellowed a lot since then,” Mr. King said, without elaborating.
However, during our 1999 interview with the congressman, he commented that Mr. Giuliani, at the time the mayor of New York, was “heavy-handed at times.” But he also called him “a very smart guy, you’ve got to give Rudy credit.”
The pair of New Yorkers were born within a month of each other in the spring of 1944. Their internships with Mr. Nixon began when they were 23, when they lived “next door to each other,” Mr. King noted.
“We even took the same train to work together. We were even assigned to the same project, some sort of bond issue for Mississippi. After that, we went in different directions.”
Or did they?