Sorry Libs… This Swiftboat Won't Float
Rudy Gets “Dan Rathered” -but these swiftboat attacks won’t float…
Guess who is linked to the liberal attack ad against Rudy Giuliani by the International Association of Fire Fighters?
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!
WASHINGTON – 14 Mar 2007 -Hillary Rodham Clinton is introduced by good friend Harold Schaitberger at the International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFF, Presidential Forum.
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
The Hill reported on the leanings of the IAFF leadership yesterday:
Before the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) was able to release a video in the afternoon full of angry testimony belittling Giuliani’s support of New York City firefighters, the campaign fired off releases and held a press conference.
“It’s unfortunate but not surprising that the IAFF union bosses have once again taken the low road in a move clearly out of step with their membership,” retired New York City firefighter Lee Ielpi said in a statement from the campaign.
The IAFF’s attack is a 13-minute DVD with union members and relatives of firefighters who died in the attack on the World Trade Center harshly criticizing Giuliani’s actions leading up to, during and after the attacks.
The IAFF said the DVD was created to inform its members and help them make a sound decision about whom to support for president.
But the recording was leaked to numerous media organizations before being posted on the union website — a move reminiscent of the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth attacks on Kerry.
The IAFF backed Kerry in 2004, helping salvage a listing campaign in the primaries. IAFF President Harold Schaitberger was a constant fixture behind Kerry as he took the stage in Iowa, New Hampshire and other arenas to claim victory on his way to winning the nomination.
Schaitberger has said before that he and the organization are not engaged in a vendetta against Giuliani, but simply trying to educate their members.
Schaitberger and Giuliani clashed in the weeks before the 2004 New Hampshire primary, when they were in the Granite State at campaign events.
Schaitberger was the national cochair of the Kerry for President committee and therefore the most important non-politician in the Kerry leadership- Rep. Gary Miller.