Pete and Rudy

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

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?

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