The motif of a fundraiser for Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani hosted by a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University is raising eyebrows, the Associated Press reports.
According to the invitation, “$9.11 for Rudy” is an “independent, non-denominational grass-roots campaign to raise $10,000 in small increments to show how many individual, everyday Americans support ‘America’s Mayor.’”
Can anybody say, “politicization of America’s darkest hour?”
Democratic presidential candidate Christopher Dodd‘s campaign quickly branded the gimmick “absolutely unconscionable, shameless and sickening” and suggested Giuliani “should reject and/or return any money raised” through the party, to be held this Wednesday night at the Palo Alto home of Abraham Sofaer, a legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State from 1985 to 1990.
A Giuliani spokeswoman said the idea was selected without the campaign’s knowledge and was “an unfortunate choice.”
Sofaer told the AP he had nothing to do with the decision to ask for the $9.11. “There are some young people who came up with it,” he said Monday evening, referring other questions to Giuliani’s campaign and saying, “I’m just providing support for him. He’s an old friend of mine.”