In the first major fundraiser for the East Hampton Republican candidates this election season, Rudy Giuliani will be honored later this month, just two weeks before the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Giuliani and his wife Judith signed-on for the in the midst of a busy speaking schedule because of their friendship with the best-selling author Steven Gaines, who is looking to snatch up a seat on the town board.
"Rudy and Judith Giuliani have been great friends of mine a pretty long time," Gaines said, adding that he worked, unofficially, on the former New York City mayor's campaign for the Republican nomination in 2008.
The couple, who keep a home in nearby Water Mill, offered to throw a fundraiser for Gaines, he said. In turn, he asked if the East Hampton Republican Committee could honor Giuliani leading up to the anniversary of 9/11.
The invitations, which went on Monday, calls Giuliani "a true American hero."
Giuliani has been hailed for his leadership during the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
The fundraiser will be held at the East Hampton home of Ted and Carol Conklin, also friends of Gaines. Ted Conklin owns the in Sag Harbor, where Gaines did his radio show for seven years.
Tickets are $200.
Money raised will support the re-election campaign of Town Supervisor Bill Wilkinson, a former Disney executive who is seeking re-election, as well as hopefuls Gaines and Richard Haeg, a private investigator and former police detective.
Gaines has written Philistines at the Hedgerow, Passion and Property in the Hamptons and The Love You Make: An Insiders Story of the Beatles, and is also a co-founder of the .
When Gaines was doing a television show for PlumTV and a radio show on Peconic Public Broadcasting, the former WLIU, the Giuliani were guests of his each Fourth of July weekend, he said.
"They are a tremendously supportive of all of their friends," Gaines said, adding, "They were very encouraging to me when I said I was thinking of running for office."