Giuliani, Wife Each Married Three Times


Thursday, March 22nd 2007, 1:19 pm
By: News On 6


WASHINGTON (AP) _ Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani has been married three times and, as it turns out, so has his wife.

The campaign confirmed Friday that Judith Nathan Giuliani was married twice _ not once _ before she wed the former New York City mayor in 2003. It was Giuliani's third marriage, and, until Thursday, had been thought to be his wife's second.

But Mrs. Giuliani told The New York Post in an article on its Web site Thursday night that Giuliani was, in fact, her third husband. Her first marriage was to Jeffrey Scott Ross in 1974, when she was about 20. The couple divorced in 1979.

She then met and married Bruce Nathan. They divorced in the 1990s.

Campaign aides said Giuliani, close friends and family members had long been aware of Mrs. Giuliani's first marriage.

Giuliani's first marriage to his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, ended after 14 years in divorce and later an annulment. His second marriage, to TV personality Donna Hanover, ended in a bitter divorce after he announced their breakup at a news conference in 2000.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Some of California's deep-pocketed Democratic donors will be out in force Saturday at a Beverly Hills fundraiser for party front-runner Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. The campaign expects to raise $2 million.

Clinton's fundraiser is expected to draw 1,000 people to billionaire Ron Burkle's estate, with tickets starting at $2,300. A $4,600 donation includes a VIP reception. The host committee includes more than two dozen people, including producer Steve Bing, former California Gov. Gray Davis and investment banker Sim Farar.

March 31 marks the close of fundraising for the first quarter on the year, and the figures that candidates turn in will be judged as a measure of political strength. The tightly packed 2008 primary schedule will handicap any candidate who fails to raise enough cash to compete in numerous states simultaneously.

New York's Democratic senator is only one of several contenders who will sweep through southern California, a traditional spigot of political dollars, in the closing days of the month.

Republican Mitt Romney wants to sign up supporters who can raise as much as $250,000 for his presidential campaign at a Los Angeles fundraiser Tuesday at the home of developer Rick Caruso. The event is being co-hosted by California venture capitalist Brad Freeman, a major fundraiser for President Bush, and money manager Robert A. Day.

Democrat John Edwards and Republican Rudy Giuliani will also swing through for events.