OCTOBER 17, 2007
Last night I invoked the name of one Manny Papir, a former aide to Rudy Giuliani who, according to New York magazine, was sacked after he bad-mouthed Hizzoner's wife:
The story of Manny Papir is a cautionary tale for anyone who doubts that Judith Giuliani is a force to be reckoned with. Papir, Rudy's longtime personal aide, learned the hard way during a trip to Europe when Rudy, taking a 9/11 victory lap in early 2002, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and then was honored with the German Media Prize in Baden-Baden. Among Rudy's inner circle, Judith was fast becoming known for her demanding requirements. Even loyalist Sunny Mindel was overheard joking that whenever they arranged a chartered jet for their principal and his companion, "we need two seats for Judith--one for her and one for her Gucci bag." ("I have no recollection of saying that," Mindel says.)
When Judith asked to stay two nights in Baden--Baden instead of the previously planned one-throwing the intricate schedule into disarray--Papir, who was advancing Rudy's triumphal tour, made the mistake of betraying his impatience. Running into other members of the entourage in the lobby, he muttered, "Let me guess--you're waiting for Princess, too." When the quip was reported back to Rudy and Judith, Papir--who declined to comment--was out of a $200,000-a-year job.
This morning a tipster alerts me to the fact that earlier this year one Manuel Papir of Brooklyn New York, a "self-employed" "consultant," donated $1,200 to John McCain.