At hearings last week in New York, Whitman was the most frequent target of lawmakers who charged that ground zero workers were not protected as they worked to clear the pile of toxic debris. Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey, declared in the days after Sept. 11 that the air in lower Manhattan wasAnd to add insult to injury, former NJ Governor Tom Keane is accusing the Congressmen of playing politics.
safe for workers and residents. But she has said she and the EPA always differentiated between the air quality in lower Manhattan and at ground zero.
Former Sept. 11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean, also a former Republican governor of New Jersey, said it was troubling that the Democratic congressmen "would misuse the heroic service of thousands for their political gain in an election season."Never mind that the three Reps have been fighting for years to get help for the Ground Zero victims and ensure that this never happens again. (And where has Tom Kean been all this time?)
The congressmen — New York Reps. Jerrold Nadler and Anthony Weiner and New Jersey Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. — said the health of their constituents, and not politics, was their concern.
Never mind that all three Reps are in perfectly safe seats and have little "political" to "gain" this election season (as opposed to Kean's son, who is trying to unseat New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez.)
Kean Sr., until recently portrayed in the media as a fair-minded, bi-partisan centrist, seems to be intent on setting a new world record for the fastest self-destruction of a reputation. In addition to the current slime he's wallowing in, he's come under attack in recent days for serving as a consultant for the "Path To 911" docudrama, ABC/Disney's recent error-ridden, Republican inspired attack piece on the Clinton administration.
- Scoundrel Time: Whitman, Giuliani and the Victims of Ground Zero, September 10, 2006
- 9/11: Giuliani's Dumb and Deadly Decisions, September 8, 2006
- 9/11 Anniversary: Don't Forget The Workers, September 6, 2006
- Ground Zero Workers: The Continuing Cost Of A Cover-Up, August 28, 2006
- Ground Zero Workers: Neglected Victims of "The Largest Acute Environmental Disaster That Ever Has Befallen New York City", July 31, 2006