Bernie Kerik One Step Closer To That Stay In the Lincoln Bedroom ?

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Confident in his ability to ride 9/11 all the way to the White House, Rudy Giuliani will sell the investment banking wing of his consulting business, Giuliani Capital Partners, to Macquarie Group, the latter said today. The deal could reportedly be for up to $100 million analysts said, and was brokered to prevent clients’ activities from being used against Don Juan in a presidential race. The sale may be have been a bit rash, however, given that Giuliani’s son, Andrew, a sophomore at Duke, went public over the weekend with the fact that he will not be participating in his father’s campaign because a. he hates his stepmother, Judy Nathan and b. “his devotion to becoming a profession golfer within three years allows no time for distraction.” Those are some insurmountable odds to overcome right there. (Though, if you want to really get into it, we checked out Andy’s stats for the Blue Devils and junior is currently clocking in as the weakest link on the team, with a 77 average and an all-time best finish of 68th place. As our resident Golf and Lifestyle Chair, Trip Paulson put it, “Maybe joining the old man on the campaign wouldn’t be such a bad idea. He probably has a better chance of coming out a winner. Chelsea has better reason to forgo her mom’s campaign for a shot at that synchronized swimming gold medal in ’08 she’s been gunning for all these years.”)**
Giuliani’s Investment Bank Is Sold [Dealbook]
Noticeably Absent From the Giuliani Campaign: His Children [NYT]
**Does targeting a civilian like this come off as unnecessarily mean and uncalled for? Usually we’d be with you there, but when you go to Duke, you’re pretty much asking for it—Tiger Woods more so than most.

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