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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:08 AM
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9-11 families hope to deflate Giuliani's heroic image
9-11 families hope to deflate Giuliani's heroic image
By William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers

* Posted on Friday, November 16, 2007

WASHINGTON Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign was supposed to be toast by now, imploded by his hot temper, autocratic ways, tumultuous personal life and moderate views on social issues, which would turn off traditional Republican voters once they got to know the "Real Rudy."

Or so many of Giuliani's critics thought.

Instead, he remains atop the Republican presidential pack in national polls, powered in large part by his image as the steely hero who guided New York through the Sept 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

A small but vocal group of New Yorkers will try to puncture that image Monday when they host a town hall meeting at New Hampshire's Dartmouth College to discuss New York's disaster-preparedness under Giuliani before 9-11.

They say that Giuliani's administration failed to address firefighters' radio communication problems, which first surfaced in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; didn't provide proper equipment for rescue workers at Ground Zero; and showed poor judgment by putting the city's $13 million emergency center on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack.

They claim that Giuliani was callous in November 2001 when he limited the number of firefighters searching Ground Zero for the remains of nearly 300 fallen comrades. They also accuse him of expediting the cleanup of the site and sending rubble mixed with human body parts to a Staten Island landfill.

"He's portraying himself as a false hero of 9-11,"said Sally Reganhard, whose son, Christian Reganhard, was a probationary firefighter who was killed at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. "He's not talking about the story of the failure of his administration, and that has to be told, because we have to protect this country."

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reprehensor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:35 AM
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1. Details on the Monday Event

WHERE: Dartmouth College
Dartmouth Hall Room 105 Seats 180 people
Hanover , New Hampshire 03755

WHEN: Monday November 19,2007 at 5 PM
1 hour presentation
1 hour for questions from audience
Press and Media welcome

WHY: 9/11 families and firefighters are deeply offended how
Rudy Giuliani has exploited a national tragedy for millions of dollars
and is trying to parlay his failures of 9/11 into the highest office
in the USA.

Leadership,proper equipment,coordination, and communcation
capabilities were lacking on 9/11.This will be Rudy's legacy, along
with thousands of sick and dying first responders because of improper
respirators and human remains of 9/11 heroes still at a GARBAGE DUMP
in Staten Island.

Families will arrive in Manchester ,New Hampshire on Saturday Nov
17,2007 at noon and will be staying in Manchester ,New Hampshire at
the Hilton Gardens Hotel. We will be available for interviews on
request on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Sunday ,a breakfast in
Manchester is being arranged ,details to follow .

For information Call: Deputy Chief Jim Riches FDNY 917-692-1199
father of 9/11 hero FF Jimmy Riches Engine 4

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adadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:57 AM
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3. Excellent
to have the courage to stand up
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:51 AM
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5. God I hope he gets the GOP nomination.
I expect his "heroic" reputation will resemble the end product of a paper shredder before it's all over.
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chelsea0011 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 09:36 AM
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2. If the TV media will stop fawning over him maybe some serious
discussion about his real policies will come about. There has been some decent stories in the NYT and Boston Globe about his contridictions but the TV media isn't interested in any following up. Maybe some high profile 9-11 families will change things. I doubt it, though. They love this guy.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-17-07 10:47 AM
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4. It's the msm's country, too; too bad they aren't more concerned about it. nt
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