TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was in Tampa today and defended his law firm's role in representing a corporation ultimately controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Giuliani's firm represents Citgo Petroleum Corporation and he says his firm is helping to protect American jobs by representing the corporation.
Giuliani acknowledged that his opponents will try to exploit news this week that a lawyer with his Houston firm has been representing Citgo before the Texas legislature. The firm has had a contract with Citgo since before Giuliani joined it.
Although Citgo Petroleum is a US based company, it was bought in 1990 by Petroleos de Venezuela, the national oil company of Venezuela. It employs four-thousand people in Texas and other states.