Saturday, October 27, 2007

What does Jeannemarie Devolites Davis have against Rudy Giuliani?

Politicians do strange things when they are under pressure. As we've seen this week, Jeannemarie Devolites Davis was willing to send out the names and home address of her opponent's children. For those of us who are familiar with the tactics and behavior of Virginia Republicans, Devolites Davis' move was a bit less surprising than might have otherwise been the case. After all, Virginia Republicans have been arguing for the past few weeks that attacking Graeme Frost for talking about SCHIP was justified. I wasn't terribly surprised to see another Republican throwing more children under the bus.

I was surprised to see Jeannemarie Devolites Davis attack Rudy Giuliani in her latest mailer. Apparently Devolites Davis has something against people who work for law firms that also have lobbying wings, but I suppose she doesn't appreciate the competition. But I was still surprised to see Devolites Davis haul off and attack Rudy Giuliani this way, implying that anyone who worked for the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson was unfit for public office. Apparently Devolites Davis doesn't believe Giuliani is fit for public office.

You see, Bracewell & Patterson doesn't even exist anymore . . . at least not as Bracewell & Patterson.

Back on March 31, 2005, Rudy Giuliani joined the law firm of Bracewell & Patterson and the firm changed its name to Bracewell & Giuliani.[1] Those hardcore anti-Chavez Republicans amongst you may be amused to find out that Rudy Giuliani's law firm lobbied on behalf of Hugo Chavez:
By the late 1990s Bracewell & Patterson was known as the largest recipient of oil-industry lobbying contracts. In March 2007 it was revealed that a lawyer at Bracewell & Giuliani was acting as a lobbyist on behalf of the Venezuelan state-owned petroleum company Citgo before the Texas legislature. Citgo had been the focus of boycott efforts due to the Socialist policies of President Hugo Chavez and allegations by the U.S. Government that Venezuela had "not cooperated" in the War on Terror. The firm has had a contract with Citgo since before Giuliani joined it, and Giuliani's presidential campaign said he does no lobbying for Citgo. As of May 2007, the firm no longer lobbied on behalf of Citgo.[1]
Well that's a relief. I'm sure that there are a lot of racist, xenophobic Republicans out there who would be really upset to find out that Giuliani was mixed up with Hugo Chavez. Still, Citgo is oil and Republicans are a little crazy when it comes to oil. At least it's nothing to do with immigration or the U.S. border with Mexico:
In 2007, the firm represented a Spanish firm, Cintra Concesiones de Infrastructures de Transporte, S.A., a subsidiary of the Grupo Ferrovial, in its negotiations to operate a toll road as part of the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. The Bracewell & Giuliani website states, "The award to Cintra, approved by the Texas Transportation Commission, is the first privatization of a Texas toll road."[2]

Looks like Giuliani is working to make certain that folks from South of the Border can drive to their favorite sanctuary city without even getting off the interstate.

Oh well, Giuliani's secret is out, thanks to Jeannemarie Devolites Davis.

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