The International Association of Fire Fighters released a 13-minute video yesterday on youtube and on the site http://rudy-urbanlegend.com/ that seeks to debunk some of the myths surrounding “America’s Mayor.”
“Rudy has used the horrible events of September 11 to create a persona that is an elaborate fabrication,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger on the site. “He is nothing more than a shameless self-promoter.”
New Yorkers might recognize a few familiar faces in the documentary, such as Bay Ridge-resident Deputy Chief Jim Riches, who lost his firefighter son, Jimmy, because of the radio problems firemen had on 9/11.
“We have the remains of dead heroes out at the garbage dump because of Giuliani and his administration,” Riches says on the video.
As the spotlight of the presidential campaign intensifies, expect these stories to gain traction in the public consciousness. But nobody has exposed the lies better than the Voice’s Wayne Barrett has. A look back:
From August 2006:
Rudy’s Grand Illusion
What Giuliani likes to remember about 9-11—and what he actually did (or didn’t do)
From January 2002:
Rudy Heists City Archives to Shape His Own Legend
Ok, so Rudy wasn’t exactly the hero of 9/11 that he portrays himself as, but he’s a good Catholic right? Not exactly.
Check out this story from June 26:
No Wafer for Rudy
Giuliani campaigns as a Catholic, but he’s on the outs with God
Of all the devastating details in the story, I was struck by the relationship between Giuliani, the former top federal prosecutor in New York City, and Alan Placa, a defrocked Catholic priest who is not only accused of being a pedophile himself but of covering up other cases that he was supposed to be investigating on behalf of the church.
Alan Placa is not just a major figure in Giuliani’s marital life: He baptized both of Giuliani’s children, and though already stripped of his priestly powers, he was given special dispensation from his bishop in Long Island to preside at Helen Giuliani’s September 2002 funeral. A month earlier—despite still-pending allegations that he’d groped four minors in Long Island’s Diocese of Rockville Center—he was hired as a three-day-a-week consultant at Giuliani Partners, where he remains today. Michael Hess, the managing partner of Giuliani’s firm and the city’s former top lawyer, represents Placa in the ongoing cases. When first reached by a reporter at Giuliani Partners, Placa claimed that he was only visiting—a falsehood quickly reversed by a firm spokeswoman.
This quote is so sad:
David Clohessy, the national director of the Survivors Network for Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), calls it “a travesty” that a political leader like Giuliani “would pay Placa.” Politicians often hire cronies who hope to make money from their associations, says Clohessy, “but Placa didn’t connive to get an extra ten grand in his pocket—he connived to keep desperately wounded child sex victims trapped in silence and shame and self-blame. He is the worst of the worst. He’s worse than other child abusers, because he molested and he covered up other investigations.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 12, 2007