Tuesday, May 8, 2007


Rudolph Giuliani is not one to shy away from the spotlight. In 2006, he was quoted in the following article. Giuliani rode the wave of public sympathy for first responders to the World Trade Site. The frequency of Giuliani’s visits to the site and the now Ms. Giuliani's, remain in question. Rudy is and always will be an opportunist. The difference is that he and Ms. Judi enjoy the benefits of proper health care. And although he touted it then, it was not one of his platforms for the 2008 Presidential race. The masses continue to bleed. Giuliani attempts to lead. Not until he understands the plight of the common man on a gut level will he ever qualify to be President.

Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who led New York through the horror of the 2001 attacks, said his health and that of his wife and aides could have been affected from exposure to toxic smoke from the burning World Trade Center.

"I spent as much time here as anyone," Giuliani said Monday, the fifth anniversary of the attacks. He said others potentially at risk included his wife, Judith; his spokeswoman, Sunny Mindel; and two deputy mayors.

Giuliani said anyone whose health suffered from work at the trade center site is "entitled to the same support, the same assistance and the same help that the families got who lost loved ones here."

Giuliani spoke to reporters after presenting checks totaling $60,000 to trade center victims' charities from former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel's foundation.

Asked about former federal Environmental Protection Agency head Christine Todd Whitman's recent assertions that responsibility for providing masks to workers on the debris pile lay with the city, Giuliani said, "We certainly gave people instructions that they should wear masks."

"I was here five, six times a day for four months," Giuliani said. "I kind of thought of it as living here. And there were times when I wore a mask when you got near the pile. Times when I didn't. Those were the instructions. I don't remember that from EPA, though. What I remember from Christie Whitman is her saying that the air was fine."

He added, "Instead of wasting time in finger-pointing, time should be devoted to figuring out how to get people the benefits, the help and the assistance they need."
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