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In further Rudy news (no, I'm not on the payroll -- yes, I am a Rudy supporter), Rudy buddy Bernard Kerik finds his name next to two words today that make presidential candidates nervous: "plead guilty."

To wit:

Former Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik plead guilty Friday to accepting thousands of dollars in illegal gifts while he was head of the city's Correction Department.

As part of a plea deal, Kerik will stay out of jail but he'll pay $221,000 in fines.

In court Friday, Kerik admitted accepting $165,000 in renovations to his Bronx apartment from a construction company seeking to do business with the city. He also admitted that he failed to report a loan as required by city law.


In a statement released Friday, former Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, "Bernard Kerik has acknowledged his violations but this should be evaluated in light of his service to the United States of America and the City of New York."

I tend to think this will have minimal impact on Rudy's chances in '08. But how much of this stuff is there lurking in the shadows from his time as mayor? Cronies with shady histories, low-level corruption in the city government, etc. I mean, this is New York City. Not exactly a Disney ride, despite what you hear about the new Times Square.

It's something to watch.