It was bound to happen: Supporters of former mayor Rudy Giuliani's presidential ambitions are in talks with various September 11 victims' families. Why? To perhaps create a 9/11 halo/force field around Giuliani when he may be attacked by opponents. The NY Post had the exclusive scoop on how some families have been contacted, including high-profile FDNY widow Marian Fontana, who was invited to a Giuliani exploratory committee dinner. Fontana says that while she appreciates Rudy's efforts post-September 11, she feels "not ready to endorse," preferring to know what their views on different issues are.
The Post suggests that play for September 11 families is pre-emptive:
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.
It should be quite a dogfight in 2007-2008.