A group of 9/11 firefighters and victims' family members with eyes on derailing Republican Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign is close to a decision on forming an entity that would run issue ads in key early nominating states.
"TV made him a hero, and we'll use TV to take him down," New York Fire Chief Jim Riches told ABC News.
Now, I live in New York and I really love the place. But it's long been a given that politics in the Empire State - particularly in the Big Apple - tends to leave a stain on anyone who gets involved. And Rudy has been steeping in it for decades. As Sridhar Pappu noted today in the Washington Post, quoting Faulkner, "The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past."
I could go on for a bit about how appropriate this is, given some of the skeletons hiding out in Rudy's closet, but I think Jill already said it best.
The issue about the radios is real and is documented. And until Rudy Giuliani set himself up as the Saint of 9/11, the Tough Guy Who Knows All About Terrorism, and started lying about having been obsessed with terrorism for decades when he told the 9/11 Commission under oath that he really hadn't thought about it, it's unlikely that anyone would have made the radios an issue. But if Rudy is going to run on 9/11, then let's let him run on ALL of 9/11.