WASHINGTON - Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani joked yesterday about reports that New York's five Mafia families discussed, but decided against, killing him in 1986 when he was a mob-busting federal prosecutor.
"That was one vote I won, I guess," Giuliani said on Mike Gallagher's syndicated radio show.
Giuliani said there have been other contracts out on his life, including one for $800,000 when he was first a US attorney.
"After five-and-a-half years of being US attorney, they put out another contract to kill me, another group, for only $400,000," Giuliani said. "So I thought, my goodness, my value. If I were a company, my market cap would have been cut in half."
Giuliani told reporters later that he didn't worry much about contracts on his life. He added that he knew of two or three plots to kill him but didn't remember the one that emerged this week.
Before Giuliani became New York mayor, he had a track record of high-profile mob prosecutions. In 1986, Giuliani indicted the heads of the five families. The mobsters purportedly discussed the hit that year.
The details about the plot were given to the FBI by the late Gregory Scarpa Sr., a capo-turned-informant, according to the testimony of FBI agent William Bolinder during a murder trial in New York.