9/11 families, firefighters bring anti-Giuliani message to N.H.

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A group of New York City firefighters, including two who lost sons in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, is telling New Hampshire voters that Rudy Giuliani is unfit to be president.

Members of the group, called 9/11 Firefighters and Families, have long been critical of Giuliani. Their meeting in Hanover yesterday marked the first time they’ve made a trip to another state.

The group accuses Giuliani of politicizing the firefighters’ deaths by making his leadership after the attacks the centerpiece of his presidential campaign. They also criticized him for locating the city’s emergency command center inside the World Trade Center and failing to ensure firefighters had adequate radios.

Howard Safir, who served as fire commissioner and later police commissioner under Giuliani, defends the former mayor. He acknowledges some radio failures but said many worked well.

He also noted that many families who lost relatives on Sept. 11 are very supportive of Giuliani’s leadership before and after the attacks.

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