The national firefighters' union, unsurprisingly, has gone public about some of Rudy Giuliani's failures after 9/11:
The International Association of Fire Fighters union said it wants its 260,000 U.S. members to know the "real story" of the former New York mayor, contending that Giuliani sought to curtail search-and-recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, that claimed the lives of 2,752 people, including 343 union fire fighters.Rudy's response was so lame you want to buy it a Christmas turkey:
"Mayor Giuliani's actions meant that fire fighters and citizens who perished would either remain buried at Ground Zero forever, with no closure for families, or be removed like garbage and deposited at the Fresh Kills Landfill," said union President Harold Schaitberger in a draft letter to affiliates.
In response, a Giuliani spokeswoman released a statement from Tim Brown, a former fire fighter working with the campaign and head of "Firefighters for Rudy."Giuliani has been coasting, more or less unchallenged, on the myth that he was some kind of 9/11 hero. But that myth is now going to be put to the test. It's good of the AP to report it, but we'll see if syncophants like Chris Matthews are willing to take it up too.
"We are honored by the support of so many first responders from across the country and are appreciative of their continued enthusiasm for Mayor Giuliani's candidacy," Brown said. "We look forward to future events and an ongoing conversation with America's firefighters."