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Who’s The Mormon in This Race?

By on 3.16.07 | 10:02AM

In the past few nights, the spouses of current presidential candidates have been front and center. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's wife appeared with him on "Larry King Live" last night, and performed just fine.

The real eyebrow-raiser was the latest spouse of "America's Mayor" Rudolph Giuliani. Now we should be clear. We love Rudy. Think he's great. But in political circles, everyone acknowledges that he has two potential weaknesses: his business dealings after his term as mayor expired. And his third wife, Judith Nathan.

That weakness was on full display earlier this week at a fundraiser in New York. "It was not a good performance," says an attendee to the event at the Sheraton-New York. "She clearly thought she'd done well. I don't think the audience would agree."

In the past, Nathan has talked in loving and romantic terms about how she and Giuliani met - when he was still married. "It's awkward, and it doesn't come off well," says another source who has heard Nathan riff on the romance. "It's not like George and Laura or even Ron and Nancy."

Which all raises the question: With Giuliani's three wives compared to Romney's one, who's the real Mormon in this race? And who's going to keep pounding away on that point?

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