Rudy Giuliani Seeks Support For '08 Run From 9/11 Family Members




December 27, 2006 -- Supporters of former Mayor Rudy Giuliani have started discussions with relatives of 9/11 victims about backing him if he runs for president in 2008, some family members told The Post.

The conversations have taken place in recent weeks, according to some victims' families, who described the talks as "casual."

Marian Fontana, who lost her firefighter husband on 9/11, said she got an invitation to go to a Giuliani exploratory committee dinner last week from a former firefighter working with Giuliani's committee. She described the invite as "last-minute."

Fontana said she was appreciative of what Giuliani did after 9/11, but would want to know a lot more about any candidate's stand on a variety of issues.

"I feel like I'm not ready to endorse," said Fontana, who added, "I could see why [Giuliani supporters] would want to reach out to family members."

Lee Ielpi, a former firefighter who lost his son in the attacks, said he discussed backing the former mayor with Larry Levy.

Levy, a former Giuliani administration official, ran the Twin Towers Fund and now works at the ex-mayor's consulting firm.

"I approached him. I said I'd like to offer my support to the mayor," said Ielpi.

"I've been following the mayor from before 9/11. I admire what he accomplished in the city, I admire the way he took on crime . . . and then 9/11 just brought that out to the world to see how strong a man he is, and I'm more than confident that he is capable to run this country."

It is unclear exactly what role the families would play.

But some relatives who are anti-Giuliani are already planning "Swiftboat"-type attacks against the ex-mayor - modeled on the negative campaign against John Kerry in 2004 by his fellow Vietnam vets. It seems likely that 9/11 kin could help Giuliani counter that criticism.

Some 9/11 family members have been deeply critical of Giuliani, blaming him for communications failures the day of the attacks.

Others have faulted his administration for allegedly not doing enough to protect rescue and recovery workers from polluted air at Ground Zero.

For the most part, those family members who have spoken with Giuliani supporters are family members who have maintained a relationship with Giuliani in the years since the attacks and were already fans of his.

A Giuliani spokeswoman declined comment.

Giuliani became known as "America's mayor" after 9/11, and his performance on that day both made him a national GOP star and prompted several social conservatives to say they could overlook his moderate stand on social issues.

A reminder

As I said elsewhere, there is a small chance that Giuliani's run for president could be a good thing for 9/11 Truth. At the very least, it keeps 9/11 in the public eye. Unfortunately, the press will probably use 9/11 to frame Giuliani in a favorable way.

I don't know...

Personally, I'm TIRED of people getting elected that DO NOT belong in office. If he were to run, he might just win because of the favorable press you spoke of. He doesn't deserve it.

Statement and Questions Regarding the 9/11 Commission Interview of Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Members of his Administration

revised May 11, 2004

The Family Steering Committee is pleased that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani and members of his Administration will be giving sworn testimony before an audience of Families of 9/11 Victims and the American public.

Since the Commission is responsible for fulfilling the Congressional mandate to investigate all facts relating to 9/11, the following questions for the Giuliani Administration and the Port Authority of NY & NJ must be addressed at the May 18th –19th hearings in order to facilitate informed decisions and recommendations.

1. A few short weeks after 9/11, tons of metal from the collapsed twin towers was sold to scrap yards in New Jersey. Thereafter, the steel was re-sold to other recyclers in the United States and overseas. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the “scrap” has ended up in India, Japan, South Korea, China and Malaysia.

It is the FSC’s position that the thousands of pounds of debris was crime-scene evidence. It should have been examined, catalogued, and stored in a secure location.

Why were the steel beams sold and shipped overseas and not retained as evidence? Was the material examined before it was sent overseas? If examined, then by whom? Were any diagnostic studies/tests performed? If not, then why? Whose responsibility was this?

Former FBI Acting Director Thomas Pickard said that the FBI wanted to take over Ground Zero and make it a crime scene as was done at the Pentagon. If that had occurred all materials from the scene would have been protected until an investigation was complete. Pickard also stated that you, Mayor Giuliani, would not allow the FBI access to the pit area. Is this accurate? If so, then what was your reason for keeping the nation’s chief investigatory team—the FBI, out of Ground Zero?

2. On 9/11, rooftop doors to both of the World Trade Center towers were locked. Thus, rooftop rescue by helicopter was impossible. Who made the decision to lock the rooftop doors? When was this decision made? Why was this decision made? Whose responsibility was it to communicate to the building leaseholders and occupants that rooftop doors would be locked in the event of a catastrophe and/or emergency? Did locking the rooftop doors violate New York City or New York State building codes?

3. Firefighters lost their lives on 9/11 due to faulty equipment, such as radios. These were the same radios that failed in 1993. Who was in charge of buying and testing equipment for the firefighters? During your administration were there any requests by either the NYPD or FDNY to increase budget appropriations for emergency apparatus such as radios?

4. Many high level officials were warned not to fly commercially, prior to 9/11. Were you warned not to fly?

5. As Mayor of New York City, did you interface with either the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) or the FBI’s Bin Laden Unit from January 2001 to September 11, 2001? If so, what was the extent of your communications with them? What actions, if any, were taken on behalf of your administration at the request of the JTTF or the Bin Laden Unit?

6. What precautions were put in place after the 1993 WTC bombing to protect the citizens of New York City and the occupants of the WTC in the likely event of another attack?

7. After the 1993 bombing of the WTC, what, if any, measures were taken to ensure that in the next emergency, the evacuation of the WTC occupants would be swifter, more methodical, and more decisive?

8. What "Memorandums of Understanding,"(MOUs) if any, were in effect between the PA of NY&NJ, the City of New York, the FDNY and any other emergency agency that would address the need to respond to an emergency at the WTC? What legal implications, if any, did these MOU’s have? If they had no legally binding effect, then for what purpose did such agreements exist?

9. What, if any, emergency plan did the City of New York have in place prior to and/or on 9/11, considering that NYC was a "prime" terrorist target?

10. Why did you ask to have your records as Mayor of New York City sealed for 25 years?

11. Was there ever a recommendation to improve the venting of the emergency stairwells in the WTC after the 1993 bombing and if so, was it ever done?

12. Mr. Giuliani, several members of the Family Steering Committee attended a meeting with you in 2002 at which time you told us that you were against, and would not support, the formation of an independent commission to examine the events of 9/11.

Why did you oppose the creation of this commission? Given the revelations that have emerged during commission hearings, do you still regard their work as unimportant and unnecessary? Do you now believe it is beneficial to have the public well informed about the actions of the government, its agencies and its public officials?

13. On 9/11, no aircraft hit WTC 7. Why did the building fall at 5:20 PM that evening? Larry Silverstein is heard on a PBS tape saying "I remember getting a call from the, E.R., fire department commander, telling me that they were not sure they were gonna be able to contain the fire, and I said, "We've had such terrible loss of life, maybe the smartest thing to do is pull it." And they made that decision to pull and we watched the [WTC 7] building collapse," said Larry Silverstein, WTC Leaseholder. - PBS (9/10/02) Does "pull" mean demolished? What do you know about this?

14. Regarding the air quality of Ground Zero during and after the 9/11 attacks, did the City of New York at any time carryout screenings or tests independent of the EPA? If so, what were the results of those tests? Immediately after 9/11 did you, Mayor Giuliani, have any conversations with Christine Whitman about the air quality at Ground Zero and lower Manhattan? Where are all records of these conversations? What was the substance of these conversations? What actions were taken or not taken as a result of Ms. Whitman’s opinions or recommendations? Were you in agreement with Ms. Whitman’s official position to not deem Ground Zero a superfund site? If so, what was the basis of your reason?

15. On the morning of 9/11 Battalion Chief Pfeiffer stated over an open emergency radio that Flight 11 hitting WTC 1 was, “not an accident”. At exactly what time did you consider the City of NY under attack? Was it before or after the second plane had hit WTC 2?

16. During the summer of 2001 what contact did you have with the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force and FBI Headquarters? Former FBI Acting Director Thomas Pickard has said that the FBI shared all information concerning possible terrorist threats with NYC officials. What precautions and protocols did you enact as a result of JTTF information? What precautions and protocols did you enact as a result of the credible threat posed by al-Qaeda during the week of sentencing at the Embassy bombing trial at the Federal Courthouse in downtown New York City?

17. Please detail all contact you had during the summer of 2001 with FEMA. What actions were carried out at the direction of FEMA? Specifically, what was the content of your conversations with Mr. Joe Allbaugh?

18. Please explain the presence of the FBI at the WTC during the two weeks prior to 9/11. Were you informed of their increased surveillance? How was the City of New York included in such increased surveillance? What actions were carried out by the NYPD to facilitate the FBI’s increased surveillance?

19. Mr. Giuliani, immediately following the attacks an after action report was ordered for the Pentagon. Was a similar report ordered for New York City? If not, why not?

Does anyone have Rudy Giuliani's video testimony from the 9/11 Commission?

The Time For Debate Is Over

I agree...

Sorry, in every other way, this man is evil. 911 was the ONLY thing he handled well--before the camera. And he wants a pat on his back? Puh-lease.

If elected bet your socks he WILL do everything in his power to make a police state. Keep him far away from Washington--he's evil AND smart.

And a man that smart? All he knew he didn't tell, you can bet he's using that as a leaver up into the elities. As soon as he's elected, 911Truth will be OVER.


Impeachment. Accountability. A better world.

Quite a few of these questions

would be excellent material with which "truth squads" could confront the guy. If family members did this, it would be incredible.

9/11 in public eye...

I agree with simuvac that if Guiliani runs, it might be a good thing for the truth movement. In the debates, we could ask him questions like:

"As you have previously stated, you were aware that the towers were going to fall before they fell... How could you have possibly known this when steel buildings have never fallen from fire?"


"As you know, it is illegal to tamper with evidence at a crime scene. With that said, why would you remove ALL of the evidence as quickly as possible and send it to China?"

If Guiliani runs, it might be a good thing...AS LONG AS HE DOES NOT WIN


Our leaders are selected not elected. Lets not pretend the masquerade is the real deal. Guiliani is as culpulable as the Bushites. IMO.

Hillary will be hailed queen.

“it is possible to fool all the people all the time—when government and press cooperate.” George Seldes - "legendary investigative reporter"

i think i might commit

i think i might commit suicide if Giuliani becomes president. thats how much i hate this man.

No, no, no...just move to

No, no, no...just move to Canada like the rest of us!


I have often wondered if Guilliani was involved or if he was just a naive dupe. I certainly don't think he's all that intelligent.... he's good with people and he's got a team of people to do the brain work.... he's merely a hand shaker and a talker.

Will they let him run?.... I don't know.... but I personally think we should let him run.... don't throw up the roadblocks..... let him advance.... get the nomination.... then hit him with the questions.... and hit him hard..... relentless pursuit will either get the questions answered.... or get someone into office who will get the answers.

I'd like to see thosae families get behind someone like Bob Bowman or Ron Paul

I think that Guliaani is pretty free from blame on 9/11.... he had his hand held that whole day.... I really don't think that he had any idea this was going to happen.... or any involvement in this plot.... He was just doing his job.... and he would never question the government.... especially not after he was made out to be the hero.... the only thing I can fault him for is making millions in the aftermath..... I do wonder what he was doing in London during the 7/7 attacks? was he set up for that too? I really don't think he would stoop to this level of criminality.

He was far too close to 9/11 to look at it with a magnifying glass.... and far too faithful to believe his government had a hand in it... too faithful to even consider it.
I'm not even sure he's aware that there are serious questions about the government line.

Rudy would have to have a pretty good answer

... why he wasn't in the "bunker" in WTC 7 that was intended to be the Command Center when he should have been.
Instead he set up a Command Center on the Streets.
There are a great deal of other questions Mr. Giuliani would have to answer prior to receiving my support.
Next would be does he believe that Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and did United 93 crash in PA.
Also, why did he permit the evidence to be removed in violation to the law.
Too many unanswered questions. I'm sorry I just can't see it.
We don't need another puppet for president. Look how bad the current one is.

Since when have we not had a

Since when have we not had a puppet president that wasn't gunned down by the shadow government? 

-- 100% Space Beam Free!

Giuliani and the Bill Hicks Moment

Except Giuliani is on their team. He wouldn't require a "Bill Hicks moment"; he's probably the guy manning the projector.