Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) ignores 9/11 first-responders
December 16, 2010 6:22pm CST
Despite the Democrats' claims of being "all supportive of 9/11 responders," Democratic Senator Charles Schumer completely ignored a group of 9/11 first-responders that had come to the Capitol to meet with him. Apparently they were grouped up in a prayer led by Jesse Jackson and Schumer walked right past them. You can read more about it here: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/2010/12/16/2010-12-16_sen_susan_collins_rmaine_calls_cops_on_911_responder_advocate_john_feal_amid_pro.html?r=news [i]Their attempt to see Schumer, the third-most powerful figure in the Senate, did not go as well as they'd hoped. A group of the retired cops, construction workers and firefighters heading to visit his office bumped into the Rev. Jesse Jackson leaving a meeting there. Jackson stopped and held an impromptu prayer circle with them in the hallway, but Schumer strolled by, waited for an elevator and hopped on without a word. "It was disrespectful," said former NYPD emergency services cop Glen Klein. "It seems like he's not concerned about our welfare. He could have at least stopped and said hello."[/i] It strikes a nerve, doesn't it? But what if I told you another Senator actually called the cops on them a short while beforehand? Don't believe me? From the same link: It began on a rocky note, when Maine Republican Susan Collins called Capitol Police to keep them away from her office. What point could I be trying to make here? Don't act on partisan instinct. Apparently Schumer was in a hurry - and probably didn't even realize who those people were - and Collins subsequently met up with the responders to ensure them that she'd vote on the 9/11 responders bill if costs were reduced. However, I'm sure that if you had been watching Fox News or reading the Huffington Post, they would have jumped on the opportunity to demonize the opposition without providing further context. I can only beg you all to try and look at both sides of the issues, regardless of your personal politics. I have been guilty of jumping on the opportunity to support smears on the right, but this forum - believe it or not - has allowed me to see what politics are like from the conservative perspective. I'm hesitating to even post this, but I guess I will. It's just a bit of a long-winded way of saying thank you all for posting here and I hope this forum will allow everybody to re-examine their own political views and bias. As usual, pardon me for any spelling/grammar mistakes - I had the brilliant idea of posting this at 1 AM.