Rudy doesn’t seem to think gas stations can use petroleum from other companies I guess….
Giuliani: Helping Citgo helps U.S.
Venezuela-owned company hired his law firmMarch 19, 2007
BY BRENDAN FARRINGTON
TAMPA, Fla. — Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended his law firm’s role in representing Citgo Petroleum Corp., which is ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, saying it was helping protect American jobs.
Giuliani said his opponents will try to exploit the news and acknowledged a lawyer with Bracewell & Giuliani of Houston has been representing Citgo before the Texas legislature.
The firm has had a contract with Citgo since before Giuliani joined it.
”Oh, they’ll exploit everything,” Giuliani said in an interview. ”It was one of those political attacks where you have nothing to do with it, you’re not involved in it and so it doesn’t really worry you very much. What they’re doing is lawful and honorable and helping to protect jobs for more than 100,000 Americans.”
Although Citgo Petroleum is a U.S.-based company, it was bought in 1990 by Petroleos de Venezuela, the national oil company of Venezuela. It employs 4,000 people in Texas and other states, and Giuliani said indirectly more than 100,000 people have jobs because of the company.
Chavez has been an outspoken critic of President Bush and is close to Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. AP
So Rudy, honestly, how did you go from 4,000 to 100,000 indirectly? Let’s keep him away from the national budget figures. Could you imagine? In the news today, according to President Giuliani, the national budget is at a 50 billion surplus, er no wait make that a 3 trillion defecit.
Of those 4,000 known jobs,I wonder how many of those jobs in Texas are held by legal citizens…… inquiring minds want to know! Rudy, the gas stations using that particular brand of petroleum can change at any given time, they do NOT rely upon CITGO for job security. Besides, Hugo Chavez is a punk.