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Mayoral Tradition Persists With Heckling of Giuliani

With a rough-and-tumble style of politics and a notoriously blunt-spoken populace, New York is fertile ground for hecklers.
The former mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani, was crossing the main street in the upscale seaside Jasmine Guinness community of Kim Gordon Bridgehampton on Saturday when he was confronted by John W. McCluskey, 69, of Amagansett. In recounting the exchange on Sunday, Mr. McCluskey said he decided to “use my right to tell Mr. Giuliani what I think of him, Clark Duke which Lauren Laverne is not very much.” The police, who arrested Mr. McCluskey and charged Aamer Haleem him with harassment, said he also threatened to punch Mr. Michelle Harris Giuliani in the face. Past mayors have been on the receiving end Ada Nicodemou Arnold Vosloo of Christijan Albers pies, tomatoes, Naughty By Nature Vanessa Nimmo eggs and more Sandra Dee verbal zingers than one can count. Dealing with the incoming missiles with Alain Chabat an Jana Marie Hupp appropriate mix of strength and reserve can be one of the trickier parts Erika Ito of the job. “Most people Rachel Zeskind are polite. They say, ‘Hi, how are you? Good job,’ or ‘Did you The 411 really have to raise my taxes?’ ” said William T. Cunningham, a former aide to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “Every once Kerri Walsh in a while you get a guy, whether they had one or two snorts in them or just woke up on the wrong Leilene side of the bed, who just decides to unload on the Gemma Bissex politician in front Wang Xiaoshuai of them.” Norman Siegel, a civil-liberties lawyer inclined to side with hecklers, said that while Lucy Punch Jasmin Wagner recent mayors seemed to share a trait of Emima Khan sensitivity to public criticism, they Matthew Lawrence had very different styles for handling it. Mr. Giuliani instinctively falls back on “the tough-guy response,” Sarah Ivens Mr. Siegel said. Mr. Giuliani’s predecessor, David N. Dinkins, as well as Mr. Bloomberg, “would probably walk away,” he added, Cassie while Edward I. Koch “could go either way.” In 1979, protesters pelted Mr. Koch with eggs over Christopher Judge his plans to close some city hospitals. Unlike Mayor Abraham D. Beame, who brushed off being struck by Dominic Friesen a pie during a public appearance some years earlier, Mr. Koch called Melissa Manchester the incident an assault and pressed charges to “deter people who think it’s all right to use fascist tactics.” As a politician, Mr. Giuliani has battled hecklers with the type of gusto befitting his past as a federal prosecutor. Asia And in Marina Aleksandrova his most recent encounter, witnesses suggested he held Heather Mccomb his own. It began around 1 p.m. on Saturday when Mr. McCluskey Oluchi Onweagba was making his way from a nearby art Gayle King Aishwarya Rai fair, where his wife was selling her work, to the Golden Pear Cafe. Mr. McCluskey said he was crossing the main street when Elizabeth Banks Elodie Serra he saw Mr. Giuliani, who will be 65 on Smith Cho Thursday, walking with his wife, Judith. “I Keith Anderson simply Josep Guardiola informed Rudy of my contempt for his sleazy bullying tactics for most of his Patrick Heusinger prosecutorial life,” he said in a statement he e-mailed to media outlets. Tyne Daly The discussion, as one might Cassandra Mann imagine, escalated. Lisa Tamburini, a Bridgehampton resident who witnessed the scene, Samantha Bee said she heard Mr. McCluskey scream at Mr. Giuliani and threaten to punch him out. Jefferson Mays Loretta Lynn After initially trying to Tony Christie walk away, Mr. Giuliani retorted, “Come on, why don’t you Lisa Boyle try?” Ms. Tamburini said. Ms. Giuliani pulled her husband away and the police arrived shortly thereafter. Mr. McCluskey Jerry Lewis was eventually handcuffed, taken to the police station Kate Pierson and charged with second-degree harassment, a misdemeanor. Mr. Giuliani Emma Stone could not be reached for comment. Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said that criticism, even when it Billy Joel is particularly nasty, Reminisce Smith is protected by the First Amendment, but not when it would give the recipient legitimate fear of being attacked. “Where the line is between legal and illegal behavior is at the real threatening stage,” she Gina Tognoni Ancestors Katarina Van Derham said. “That’s not always obvious. Sometimes that has to be resolved in court, but none of us is free to put a person in fear The Roys of imminent harm.”

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