One firefighters' group is taking their attacks on Rudy Giuliani's record to the videotape. The International Association of Fire Fighters, which worked with the Uniformed Firefighters Association (already a vocal critic of Giuliani) and Uniformed Fire Officers Association, produced a video called Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend.
It's roughly 13 minutes of explaining how Giuliani's action led to firefighters' deaths during September 11. UFA president Stephen Cassidy told the Sun, "We're just setting the record straight. We had 120 firefighters in the north tower who couldn't get out because they had pieces of junk for radios. … We know he's not qualified to be the president and Americans will learn that, too."
Giuliani's campaign immediately fired back, with this statement from retired firefighter Lee Ielpi, whose son died in the World Trade Center, "In 2008, I expect these same union bosses to endorse Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or John Edwards, so today's comments are just a first step in that process. Fortunately, rank-and-file firefighters know the difference between politics and leadership." A Cooper Union professor also told the Sun that the IAFF had previous salary and other disputes with Giuliani during his terms.
And some comparisons are being made to the swift boat ads, but IAFF president Harold Schaitberger said, "I went through that campaign with John Kerry, and there is a difference between what we are saying and Swift boat ads. What we are saying is true."