Thursday, July 29, 2004

Giuliani tees off on Moore

Rudolph W. Giuliani yesterday told filmmaker Michael Moore that he could keep his left-wing documentary attacking President Bush’s handling of the post-September 11 war on terrorism.

At a Republican “truth squad” news conference in Boston on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, Mr. Giuliani delivered a tart response to a reporter who wanted to know whether the former New York City mayor had seen Mr. Moore’s hit movie “Fahrenheit 9/11” and what he thought of it.

“I can’t tell you. I haven’t seen it. I don’t really need Michael Moore to tell me about September 11,” said Mr. Giuliani, who guided New York through the disaster that destroyed the World Trade Center towers.

Several hundred Republican supporters who packed the ballroom at the Omni Parker House Hotel burst into cheers and applause. “He belted that one out of the park,” a Giuliani fan said.

Affleck takes roadie gig

BOSTON — Ben Affleck — actor, screenwriter and now Democratic roadie.

The movie star, a ubiquitous presence at the Democratic National Convention this week, plans to depart Boston by bus today with the newly minted presidential nominee. Mr. Affleck will campaign with Mr. Kerry and running mate John Edwards through weekend stops in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio.

Mr. Affleck’s hits have included Oscar-winning “Good Will Hunting” and “Shakespeare in Love,” although recent movies “Gigli” and “Jersey Girl” have been box-office disappointments.

Mr. Kerry and Mr. Edwards together plan to cover 21 states during the two-week tour, which begins by bus but also includes travel by boat and train.

GOP warned not to politicize 9/11

BOSTON — New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer had a blunt warning yesterday for Republicans opening their national convention late next month in New York City: Don’t politicize the September 11 terrorist attacks.

“We’re going to hear a lot about September 11,” Mr. Spitzer said about the upcoming convention. “I say this to the Republican Party: With all respect and all deference, do not dare use 9/11 for political purposes.”

The Republican National Convention comes just before the third anniversary of the terrorist attacks that brought down the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan. President Bush has invited former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and Gov. George E. Pataki, in large part because of their post-September 11 leadership, to have starring roles at the convention.

“Neither party should use this for politics, so I say to the Republicans, do not go there,” Mr. Spitzer told cheering New York delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Boston. “It would not be fair or right, and we will not let you do it.”

Sex offender caught looking for Hillary

BOSTON — A man was arrested in the lobby of a downtown hotel where Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton was speaking after police determined he had failed to register as a sex offender.

Ransom T. Rowe, 33, of Melrose, approached security guards at the Boston Park Plaza hotel, asking whether Mrs. Clinton was speaking there. He told the guard that he had sent e-mails to the former first lady, now New York’s junior senator.

The guard alerted state police, who checked Rowe’s records and found an outstanding warrant for failing to enter his name and address with the state’s sex offender registry, the Boston Herald reported.

David Procopio, a spokesman for the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office, said he was prevented by law from disclosing the nature of the offense that led to Rowe’s being classified as a sex offender.

Rowe pleaded not guilty yesterday and was released on personal recognizance on the condition that he register as a sex offender, Mr. Procopio said.

Although authorities were initially concerned, they did not think Rowe posed a threat to Mrs. Clinton.

“We do not believe he was stalking her,” Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said. “He was apparently interested in seeing her, which certainly in the atmosphere around the [Democratic National Convention] was a concern for us in law enforcement.”

There was no phone listing for Ransom T. Rowe in Melrose.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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