Friday, August 10, 2007

Rudy Giuliani Breaks Arm Patting Himself On The Back

Yesterday Rudy Giuliani said that he had been at ground zero as much or more than most of the workers there after 9/11. Greg Sargent at TPM reports that today he tried to clarify his position, sort of.

The John Edwards campaign has issued the following statement. It pretty much says all you need to know about Rudy's lame effort to claim tireless superhero status.

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – John Edwards for President National Campaign Manager Congressman David Bonior released the following statement in response to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani's comments that he was at ground zero in New York City "as often, if not more" than rescue workers.

"Evidently, Rudy Giuliani has taken a break from reality. It is outrageous for Giuliani to suggest, in any way, shape or form, that he did more at ground zero or spent more time there than the brave first responders who worked tirelessly around the clock for many months during the rescue and recovery operation. It seems that Giuliani is determined to take every opportunity to exploit the memory of 9/11 for political gain, rather than honor the incredible sacrifices of our first responders. Enough is enough.

"Mayor Giuliani should start answering the serious questions of why firefighters and other first responders didn't have proper equipment and support. The 9/11 Commission and National Institute of Standards & Technology reports have documented the failures of the broken radio communications system, a splintered chain of command and an unprepared Office of Emergency Management under his watch as mayor. These are the questions he needs to answer."
If you want to learn more about the firefighters' questions about Rudy's performance you could start with this video.