Sarah Baxter

Firemen douse Rudy’s image as 9/11 hero

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article1530535.ece

From The Sunday Times

March 18, 2007

Firemen douse Rudy’s image as 9/11 hero
Union bid to halt White House run

Sarah Baxter, New York

FIRE battalion chief Jim Riches brought up his son to be one of New York’s “bravest”, like him. The young Jim followed his father into the New York fire department and died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

What followed turned his heartbroken father into a relentless opponent of Rudy Giuliani, then mayor of New York. With other families of 9/11 victims, Riches has vowed to torpedo Giuliani’s prospects of winning the White House by attacking his greatest source of strength, his reputation as a hero that day.

“We’re going to follow him around the country,” said Riches. “We want all of America to know he is not the man he says he is.”