One of the nation’s largest firefighters unions has accused Republican presidential contender Rudy Giuliani of committing “egregious acts” against firefighters who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In a draft letter, the International Association of Fire Fighters criticize the former New York City mayor for cutting back on the number of firefighters searching the rubble of Ground Zero for the remains of other firefighters.
The letter reads in part: “Many people consider Rudy Giuliani ‘America’s Mayor,’ and many of our members who don’t yet know the real story, may also have a positive view of him. This letter is intended to make all of our members aware of the egregious acts Mayor Giuliani committed against our members, our fallen on 9/11, and our New York City union officers following that horrific day.”
The union has long assailed the former mayor, but the latest criticism comes as several polls put Giuliani ahead in the race for the Republican nomination.
Union officials said the letter was drafted as leaders were deciding whether to invite Giuliani to a presidential candidate forum, but it was never distributed.
“The fundamental lack of respect that Giuliani showed our FDNY members is unforgivable – and that’s why he was not invited. Our disdain for him is not about issues or a disputed contract, it is about a visceral, personal affront to the fallen, to our union and, indeed, to every one of us who has ever risked our lives by going into a burning building to save lives and property,” the letter said.
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