source: MSNBC Aug, 21, 2010
Republican Gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio hasnt been shy about his opposition to the proposed Islamic Center and mosque near Ground Zero. Lazio has been the most vocal of the current slate of candidates in expressing any opinion about the project.
But Lazios latest ad about the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center is ruffling some feathers with New York’s first responders.
Lazio recently released a two-minute video that is a collage of various opinions from people filmed near Ground Zero. The video also features images taken on September 11, 2001, depicting firefighters running into the debris of the former World Trade Center Towers.
The Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association have sent Lazios letters denouncing the use of the 9/11 footage.
We have always been opposed to the use of images from the attack on the World Trade Center in political advertising. Virtually every candidate for public office has honored that sentiment to date. So it was with a mix of surprise and disappointment to see your new video that seeks to capture the attention of the viewer with graphic images of Ground Zero that day, read a letter to Lazio signed by UFOA President Alexander Hagan.
Hagan has asked Lazio to take down the video immediately.
For someone whose argument against the mosque is that it is insensitive to those who lost loved ones on that day, it is unconscionable that he would display similar insensitivity by evoking these painful memories for his own political purposes, wrote Sergeants Benevolent Association President Edward Mullins in a separate letter to Lazio.
It is both outrageous and offensive that Rick Lazio has chosen to exploit the tragedy of 9/11 by using graphic images from that day in his campaign, added Mullins