"At least Obama didn't marry his cousin," as Giuliani did.
Obama Girl on Thursday, July 19th, 2007 in a YouTube video.
Giuliani's first wife was his second cousin
Barelypolitical.com produced the video "Debate 08: Obama Girl vs. Giuliani Girl," a follow up to their successful video "I got a crush on Obama," which featured Amber Lee Ettinger lip-synching a song about the Democratic presidential candidate.
In the debate video, another dancer is introduced and the two argue about the merits of their respective candidates. At one point, Obama Girl raps, "Giuliani Girl, just stop your fussing, at least Obama didn't marry his cousin."
We find Obama Girl's claims are accurate.
In 1968, Giuliani wed his second cousin, Regina Peruggi, who was the daughter of his father's first cousin. (Think of your son/daughter marrying your cousin's daughter/son.)
Giuliani at different points labeled the family connection as "second cousins once removed" and "third cousins," before he was corrected, according to news reports. In a 1993 memo for his mayoral campaign, a Giuliani strategist noted the "weirdness" factor of the marriage, according to a copy posted on the Smoking Gun Web site. But such a marriage is completely legal. In New York, even first cousins can wed. Robin Bennett, senior genetic counselor at the University of Washington, said little scientific research exists about the risk of developmental difficulties for the offspring of second cousins. But she said, "for second cousins, the risks are likely similar to the risks of couples from the same ethnic population who also may have common ancestors."
Giuliani and Peruggi did not have any children, and the marriage ended after 14 years.
Published: Thursday, September 6th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
Subjects: Candidate Biography
Sources:Interviews with Robin Bennett, senior genetic counselor at the University of Washington.
The Los Angeles Times: May 7, 2007 "Private lives and public tolerance; Giuliani, with two marriages and a messy divorce behind him, hopes the post-Clinton era will be kind to him."
The Smoking Gun, Rudy Giuliani's "Vulnerabilities" Memo
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