In this campaign season, lots of politicians talk about fighting crime, but only one candidate has a record of successful results to back it up – Rudy Giuliani. While Mitt Romney relies on rhetoric, Rudy has the record of protecting the people.  

Their respective records provide a stark contrast. During Romney’s tenure, the Massachusetts murder rate went up 7.5 percent and robbery went up 12 percent. Compare that to Rudy’s record of cutting crime. On Rudy’s watch, murder in New York City went down 66 percent and robbery went down 67 percent. Rudy led while Romney lagged.  

I know how committed Rudy is to protecting citizens and fighting crime. I worked with him in the 1980s - fighting organized crime, busting drug dealers, and breaking up gangs – when I was an undercover agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration in New York City.   

At the time, crime was out of control. More than 16,800 people were murdered over the course of the decade – and violent drug dealers controlled neighborhoods throughout the city. Cocaine and heroin were easy to obtain, especially in the Lower East Side, Washington Heights and on Wall Street.  

I first met Rudy Giuliani when he was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Earning that position in 1983, Rudy had taken a strong interest in trying to resolve the problems New York City faced, particularly violent crime and drug dealing.  I thought it was rare for a U.S. Attorney to be so focused on getting involved and getting results. Rudy’s ideas were powerful: utilize stronger federal statutes against drug dealers and fight drug use in every neighborhood – from Alphabet City to Wall Street  

Rudy’s idea was to have undercover agents continue to buy the drugs, make arrests, collect intelligence and use powerful federal laws for prosecution.  For example, we brought many cases using federal statutes and started to put away the heads of the street level organized groups.  Dramatic results were achieved - dealers were in jail in the federal system - where they faced actual jail time.  The word spread quickly among the drug dealers: the law would be enforced and when dealers were caught, they would go to jail for a long time.  

Rudy’s anti-drug initiatives focused on every neighborhood in the Big Apple.  Conspiracy cases were built in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  In Washington Heights we started seizing the cars of out-of-town buyers from the suburbs who came to buy crack and other drugs.  Around this time, I was working undercover and buying cocaine on Wall Street, which opened a whole new window at the drug problem. Drugs were used on Wall Street to lure customers and close deals.   

Robert J. Strang

From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Strang was a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and currently serves as the CEO of Investigative Management Group.  Mr. Strang is an advisor to the campaign of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.