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Candidate Giuliani to Return to Ground Zero on 9/11


Former mayor and president hopeful Rudy Giuliani will return to Ground Zero on the 6th anniversary of 9/11 and read from a text, Mayor Bloomberg told WCBS radio on Tuesday morning.

A spokesman for Bloomberg said the text has not yet been chosen. Each year, a different group of readers recite the names of the 2,749 people killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, interspersed with readings from public and elected officials.

In past years, parents, siblings, and spouses have read the names. This year, firefighters, police officers and other rescue workers will read the list, which takes about four hours.

One sure bet is that Giuliani won’t be reading a passage from “Rudy Giuiliani’s Five Big Lies About 9/11“. But if he were to read that article, a good might passage might be about weekends with Judi Nathan at his command center at 7 World Trade Center. You know, the command center with the humidor and monogrammed towels.

Wayne Barrett reported:

The mayor was so personally focused on the siting and construction of the bunker that the city administrator who oversaw it testified in a subsequent lawsuit that “very senior officials,” specifically including Giuliani, “were involved,” which he said was a major difference between this and other projects. Giuliani’s office had a humidor for cigars and mementos from City Hall, including a fire horn, police hats and fire hats, as well as monogrammed towels in his bathroom. His suite was bulletproofed and he visited it often, even on weekends, bringing his girlfriend Judi Nathan there long before the relationship surfaced. He had his own elevator. Great concern was expressed in writing that the platform in the press room had to be high enough to make sure his head was above the cameras. It’s inconceivable that the hands-on mayor’s fantasy command center was shaped—or sited—by anyone other than him.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 28, 2007

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