Firefighters group doesn’t like Giuliani

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani rise was meteoric after 9/11. The media proclaimed him America’s Mayor, thanks to his inspired leadership in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

Or was it inspired? Groups like the International Association of Firefighters are coming out against Giuliani:

Yesterday, Harold Schaitberger of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) — the nation’s largest firefighters organization, consisting of 280,000 members — assailed Giuliani, detailing how the mayor ditched body-recovery efforts only 24 hours after recovering the $230 million in gold. “He found the gold on October 31, and on November 1 is when he issued the order to remove the firefighters from their recovery mode.”

That’s a damning charge if true, especially about the rush to clear the rubble. Almost six years later we still don’t have anything to replace the towers, so what exactly was the rush?

Combine these accusations with Rudy’s penchant for playing the fear card in place of reasoned debate, and you have a recipe for what could be a disaster if he became the president.

3 Comments

  1. Rudy Giuliani or Vampire Ghouliani?

  2. Ian

    Yeah, but is this one of those swift boat things? I’m not defending Giuliani by any means, just wondering if this is some sort of PR hit-job. I mean the whole 280,000 people thing isn’t as big a number as it seems when you consider its international. And should an international group be meddling in US politics? I guess what I mean is, did international pressure lead to this, or was it our guys? I’m just being skeptical is all, I don’t like Giuliani much anyways. He’s one of those guys who I think takes his powers a little too far, and he’s really just riding on goodwill from 9/11. Jon Stewart put it best when he said, if this is a two issue election, he will lose. Terrorism isn’t everything.

  3. Um, what’s wrong with rushing clean up efforts? The mess was 1) a health hazard 2) an eyesore, and 3) bad for morale. I think it’s hard to fault the man for wanting the mess cleaned up as fast as possible.

    And I’d like to know how many bodies weren’t accounted for yet at that point in time. Because even a couple dozen out of 3,000 isn’t that many, and let’s face facts — some of those remains will never be recovered.

    So yeah, I think Ian is taking the correct approach by taking this with a grain of salt.