Saturday, April 9, 2011

Gadfly love

April 09, 2011
New York

My old New York City Hall peer Rafael Martinez Alequin gets a page in the FT:

I’m proud to say that I’ve annoyed four successive New York City mayors with my questioning, and as a senior citizen I have opened the doors of the City Hall press room to bloggers....

I began covering City Hall in the late 1980s, with Mayor Ed Koch. I soon earned a reputation for asking uncomfortable questions. A year before Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s extramarital affair became public, when there were rumours but journalists were afraid to touch the issue, I asked him point blank: “Mr Mayor, do you think your marital problems would become an issue if you ran for the Senate?” His eyes blazed with pure hate....

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