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‘$9.11 for Rudy’

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?”

sofaer.jpgDemocratic 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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.