Monday, August 20, 2007

Ground Zero vs. Yankee Stadium

Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was more of a Yankee than a 9/11 recover worker in the months after 9/11. Turns out he spent about twice as much time going to Yankees games as he spent at Ground Zero in the three months following the attack.

Mr Giuliani made the comment that he spent enough time at Ground Zero in the months after 9/11 to be considered a recovery worker. From ABC News:

"I was at ground zero as often, if not more, than most of the workers. ... I was there working with them. I was exposed to exactly the same things they were exposed to. So in that sense, I'm one of them." -- Rudy Giuliani, 8/9/2007
The New York Times went through his archives, digging through 600 pages of schedules, and found Mr Giuliani only spent 29 hours at Ground Zero during that time.

Now, Salon has gone through those records and found Mr Giuliani spent roughly 59 hours attending Yankees games or traveling to them during the same period.

Mr Giuliani doesn't seem to be suffering from any of the ill health effects posed by toxic air present during the Ground Zero recovery.

But he does have $200,000 worth of World Series Rings given to him by Yankees management -- which may be a breach of New York Ethics Laws. (Salon)

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