NEW YORK — With little sleep and a lot of coffee, Judith Giuliani has been charging from one RNC event to the next with nothing short of gusto.
Unlike some politicians’ wives who look like weary cheerleaders, she’s still fresh-faced about her role as Rudolph Giuliani’s wife and the breakneck schedule that entails. After a tea in her honor Tuesday at the Women’s National Republican Club, Giuliani said, “I never imagined this. I’m a nurse. But it sure is terrific.”
It may get better. The former New York mayor is among the party’s golden boys and speculation about a 2008 presidential bid trailed him all week. In regard to a White House run, Judith Giuliani said, “Whatever he wants to do. My parents have been happily married for 50 years because they always supported each other. Rudy loves public service. That is not a secret.”
She has taken to it nicely, too. Unfazed by the stream of strangers who repeatedly interrupted her conversations for a quick word or a snapshot, Giuliani is a quick study. “I think it would be a terrible thing to be involved with politics if you didn’t like people,” she said. “Whether you agree or disagree — they all have something to say.”
While the convention has called for more events than she cares to tally, Giuliani, Changing Our World’s managing director and a registered nurse who specialized in infectious diseases, has quickly grown accustomed to her jam-packed days. Before the Republicans came to town, she and her husband took a two-day trip to Singapore where they managed to squeeze in nine holes of golf each day between his speaking engagements.
“We both can live with very little sleep,” she said. “I drink lots of coffee. That’s something I started years ago in the hospital.”
They’re also planning a trip to Russia in the coming weeks. These days they don’t spend much time apart. Her husband surprised his wife at the tea and even buzzed by Oscar de la Renta’s showroom with her Monday to pick up six or seven pieces in half an hour. Dressed in a de la Renta bouclé suit and Chanel bag, Giuliani said, “I have no room for shopping in my life.”
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