July 11, 2007

Fire Union Fighting Fire With Mud [Updated]

You would think that Democrats would be opposed to the tactic of "swiftboating" someone. Not so. With sixteen months until the Presidential election, the Democrats, through their obedient unions, are in the process of "swiftboating" Republican candidate Rudi Giuliani.

Firefighters Union Call Giuliani an 'Urban Legend'

(CBS) NEW YORK The International Association of Firefighters has gone on the offensive against "America's Mayor" Rudy Giuliani, releasing a 13-minute video that viciously rips into the former New York mayor, who has been using his leadership demonstrated on September 11th to urge people around the country to support him in his quest to become President of the United States.

The video, released early Wednesday evening, is titled "Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend," and offers testimonials from various members of the organization and family members of firefighters lost in the terror attacks.

...The firefighters say they want America to hear and see their take on the former mayor. “When America knows the decisions he made pre 9-11 and then on 9-11, I don’t think they'll ever support him for president,” Cassidy adds. ....

Of course, one difference between what the Democrats are trying versus what the Swift Boat Veterans did with John Kerry is that no one proved that the Swift Boat Veterans were lying whereas the Democrats will make deceiving smears with the blessings of mass media and will count on less intelligent voters to not see through them.

I'm not a Giuliani supporter, but the Democrats need to be called to task for this mudslinging against this man who provided outstanding leadership on and after the 9-11 attacks.

It's also a shame that the good names of our public safety workers will be tarnished by their union heads, who put the Democrats ahead of its own members and our nation. For now, the fire union has hooked its hoses to the Democratic mud hydrants.


Are there any connections between the Democrats and this union?

Via Gateway Pundit -- Guess who is linked to the liberal attack ad against Rudy Guliani by the International Association of Fire Fighters?

That's right...
Hillary Clinton and "good friend" IAFF President Harold Schaitberger.

They are so close, in fact that the IAFF President, Harold Schaitberger, introduced his "good friend" at the Democratic Leadership Council event in July 2002 and has spent time with her at her Washington home!

...Schaitberger was the national cochair of the Kerry for President committee and therefore the most important non-politician in the Kerry leadership.

Posted by Woody M. at July 11, 2007 10:20 PM | TrackBack

it IS unfortunate that unions have the power to do this, however, individuals may come out and speak against this and should. i was in a forced leftwing union in california and it was only through the individual endorsements of ANY candidates that these atrocities could be avoided.

i believe there are some rules a union participant must heed - for instance, you may not wear your uniform while endorsing a candidate, but you can say, "i'm so and so, a firefighter for nyfd and i endorse rudy."

rudy is not my favorite candidate or even in the running however. i'm leaning toward tancredo at the moment.

Posted by nanc at July 12, 2007 06:29 AM

I suspect it's more of a grudge match than straight partisan politics - Rudy stepped on their toes while he was mayor, so now it's payback time. And let them state their case if they think Rudy has been overselling his 9/11 performance.

Let's not imitate the left: no whining here. Rather, the best defense is a counterattack - fight speech with better speech.

So I'm not in a great hurry to rush to Rudy's defense just because some union is on the other side. Nor am I going to rush to judgment on the union's say-so before I give time for Rudy to bring it on.

Let's see who's left standing at the end.

Posted by civil truth at July 13, 2007 01:28 AM

You Republicans just gotta pull your act together. If you don't then some unfortunate Democrat is going to inheret the mess that GWB has made and it's going to be impossible to clean it up. If a Democrat gets elected then he/she is destined to be the next Jimmy Carter.

So please, for our sake, field a decent candidate in the 2008 Presidential election. We're happy to give you guys four more years to screw stuff up so that in 2012 the nation will know who's fault it really is for the shape we're in.

Posted by e. nonee moose at July 14, 2007 10:37 AM

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