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McCain Snubbed Me, 9/11 First Responder Says ("If his eyes were daggers, I'd be dead")
NBC ^ | 2010-12-04 | Katie Honan

Posted on 12/05/2010 11:37:23 AM PST by rabscuttle385

Tow truck driver T. J Gilmartin hauled away destroyed FDNY vehicles from Ground Zero after 9/11, and now suffers diminished lung capacity and multiple breathing problems. He told the Daily News about his recent trip to Capitol Hill, where he hoped to sway Senators to vote in favor of the Zadroga 9/11 health bill, which will provide money and health care to sick first responders.

While he noted many positive experiences with most of the Senators--he called Sens. Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby of Alabama "gentlemen"--he says his interaction with Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) did not go as well.

"I couldn't get to see McCain at all," he said. "I went to his office four times, and it was all like 'you need an appointment.'"

Gilmartin later saw McCain near an elevator in the Rotunda, and he approached the former presidential hopeful to discuss his thoughts on the bill.

"I stepped in front of him, and I was very respectful. I told him who I was and I asked for his help on the Zadroga bill," he said.

McCain said "thank you for your service," and then told Gilmartin that he couldn't help him.

He then got on the elevator, the paper said, and left.

"If his eyes were daggers, I'd be dead," he said. "They'd all be in my heart."

(Excerpt) Read more at nbcnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: New York
KEYWORDS: 911; hitpiece; mccain; mccaintruthfile; nyc; rino; september11; whiner
"If his eyes were daggers, I'd be dead. They'd all be in my heart."


1 posted on 12/05/2010 11:37:28 AM PST by rabscuttle385
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2 posted on 12/05/2010 11:39:48 AM PST by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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To: rabscuttle385
"Tow truck driver T. J Gilmartin hauled away destroyed FDNY vehicles from Ground Zero after 9/11, and now suffers diminished lung capacity and multiple breathing problems"

Everyone has a sob story, me too. Give me your money.


3 posted on 12/05/2010 11:43:25 AM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: rabscuttle385

McCain snubbed all of us in 2008 when he said “Obama is not scary” or something like that right before the election. (Not exact quote but everyone gets the point).


4 posted on 12/05/2010 11:43:53 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: rabscuttle385

LOL rabs, that picture pretty well sums up what this guy was talking about!


5 posted on 12/05/2010 11:44:57 AM PST by dforest
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To: napscoordinator

I believe the exact quote was “You have nothing to fear from an Obama Presidency”. Famous last words from Juan McCain.


6 posted on 12/05/2010 11:51:29 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2
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To: rabscuttle385

So this guy was promoting a bill to spend more money on first responders and McCain wouldn’t talk to him and buy into it? Sorry—I’m with McCain on this one. The federal government doesn’t need to be spending money on first responders despite their sainted status. McCain has been a good conservative vote on most spending issues despite being a RINO on other things. He should have just told the guy we can’t afford it now.


7 posted on 12/05/2010 11:53:20 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Your right, if there is something that needs to be done, it's New York's business.
8 posted on 12/05/2010 11:57:04 AM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: rabscuttle385

Bump!


9 posted on 12/05/2010 11:57:28 AM PST by Arthur Wildfire! March (George Washington: [Government] is a dangerous servant and a terrible master.)
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To: rabscuttle385
"If his eyes were daggers, I'd be dead," he said. "They'd all be in my heart."

Nothing new about that behavior from McCain. During the 1993 POW/MIA hearing, anyone trying to present evidence of men still in Vietnam received the same sort of glaring, intimidating posture from Juan.

10 posted on 12/05/2010 11:57:51 AM PST by Will88
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To: rabscuttle385

The whining is becoming insufferable.


11 posted on 12/05/2010 11:58:25 AM PST by Carley (ISRAEL.......NOT SO ALONE!!!)
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To: rabscuttle385

So we can send billions of taxpayers money overseas to despots, bail out European banks and companies but can’t find the money to help these people.


12 posted on 12/05/2010 12:07:43 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only a lawyer and a painter can change black to white)
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To: rabscuttle385

I am sorry for this man’s illness, but everyone who wants public money tells a sob story. NY State is the land of union leaches and public-sector greed and laziness, so take everything coming out of NY with huge grains of salt.


13 posted on 12/05/2010 12:09:04 PM PST by PGR88
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To: rabscuttle385

What a shot you could be
If you could shoot at me
With those Angry Eyes...


14 posted on 12/05/2010 12:09:11 PM PST by null and void (We are now in day 683 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: rabscuttle385
Tow truck driver T. J Gilmartin hauled away destroyed FDNY vehicles from Ground Zero after 9/11,

OK, how is a tow truck driver a "first responder"?

And how does being at Ground Zero after 9/11 make one a 9/11 first responder?

15 posted on 12/05/2010 12:21:40 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: ReverendJames

this was the original bill in the house - reposting something from another postin sept

sponsors rep maloney, carolyn b, cosponsors - 115

Latest Major Action: 7/29/2010 Failed of passage/not agreed to in House. Status: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Failed by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 255 - 159 (Roll no. 491).

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c111:H.R.847:

Appears to setup a federally funded WTC worker/survivor/exposed person health system to monitor, pay for treatments, wide variety of physical or mental ailments, and lawsuits.

seems to advisory committee has lots of union and first responder reps, as well as victim oriented advocates - unions and lawyers probable winners

significant

SEC. 3351. WORLD TRADE CENTER HEALTH PROGRAM FUND.

`(a) Establishment of Fund-

`(1) IN GENERAL- There is established a fund to be known as the World Trade Center Health Program Fund (referred to in this section as the `Fund’).

`(2) FUNDING- Out of any money in the Treasury not otherwise appropriated, there shall be deposited into the Fund for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2020 (and the last calendar quarter of fiscal year 2011)—

`(A) the Federal share, consisting of an amount equal to the lesser of—

`(i) 90 percent of the expenditures in carrying out this title for the respective fiscal year (initially based on estimates, subject to subsequent reconciliation based on actual expenditures); or

`(ii) $71,000,000 for the last calendar quarter of fiscal year 2011, $318,000,000 for fiscal year 2012, $354,000,000 for fiscal year 2013, $382,000,000 for fiscal year 2014, $431,000,000 for fiscal year 2015, $481,000,000 for fiscal year 2016, $537,000,000 for fiscal year 2017, $601,000,000 for fiscal year 2018, $672,000,000 for fiscal year 2019, and $743,000,000 for fiscal year 2020; plus

`(B) the New York City share, consisting of the amount contributed under the contract under section 3331(d).

so.... what is it paying for that the worker’s insurances wouldn’t have?

hmmm.... a muliti billion dollar fund for .... victim support and advocacy... with a panel of union and social activitist, it looks like...


16 posted on 12/05/2010 12:26:51 PM PST by backpacker_c
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To: napscoordinator

As I recall he also told the elderly lady Obama would make a good Preident.


17 posted on 12/05/2010 12:29:23 PM PST by noinfringers2
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To: Red Dog #1

Only New York’s business? I don’t know if I agree with that statement. Our country was attacked on 9/11 not just NY. The damage was in NY and DC but we all took one in the shorts.


18 posted on 12/05/2010 12:29:37 PM PST by Ditter
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To: Carley

It has been that way for a long time now.


19 posted on 12/05/2010 12:31:12 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: backpacker_c

Victim support and advocacy. IOW those that need the money for medical needs don’t get it, just a bunch of speeches and things?


20 posted on 12/05/2010 12:45:45 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only a lawyer and a painter can change black to white)
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To: rabscuttle385

He was equally contemptuous to the MIA/POW family organizations at committee meetings in the Senate. YouTube has footage of him reducing one of the organization’s female leaders to tears.

I’ve long thought that he had POW records permanently sealed out of a sense of insecurity over what his own record might reveal. The fact that he has consistently acted as though the left has him in its pocket only reinforces suspicions of his actions in the Hanoi Hilton,


21 posted on 12/05/2010 12:46:06 PM PST by DPMD (~)
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To: null and void
LOL! Thanks, null and voic!

Too bad, I don't have time for a song parody. But, the original words work just fine.

22 posted on 12/05/2010 1:02:49 PM PST by MaggieCarta (Princess of "PDS"---Porter, Dark mild and Stout. I'm talkin' beer, here, people..Ok, English ales)
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To: null and void

should have been:
null and void.
I shouldn’t be typing right now...


23 posted on 12/05/2010 1:04:33 PM PST by MaggieCarta (Princess of "PDS"---Porter, Dark mild and Stout. I'm talkin' beer, here, people..Ok, English ales)
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To: rabscuttle385

The diff between McCain and a t*rd is that the excrement contains within it useful chemicals which can be recycled.

Oh, and the t*rd stinks less.


24 posted on 12/05/2010 1:14:39 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: Ditter
"...hauled away destroyed FDNY vehicles..."

The story isn't particular detailed, but it's very likely he was in some capacity working for FDNY. I don't find it unbelievable that McCain's behavior was as depicted, but that doesn't change that the US Senate exist to deal with larger national issues. Taking care of Mr. Gilmartin is very likely the right thing to do, but there are many good reason for handling business at the lowest level possible.

25 posted on 12/05/2010 1:17:00 PM PST by Red Dog #1
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To: ReverendJames

I know 3 of “these people”. Each worked the cleanup after 9/11. Each loves the thanks and accolades of being a 9/11 hero. Each blames every sniffle, depressed day, allergy on the city’s “failure” to provide respiratory masks and the horror of the event. Each is salivating for their share of the law suit payout and retiring with a disability, tax free pension (pd, fd). Each claims to be a victim of the city’s negligence. Wants to be hero and victim at the same time. Makes me sick. They dilute the true victims of 9/11.


26 posted on 12/05/2010 1:30:37 PM PST by kdot
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To: kdot

I wonder if people remember the payouts to the relatives of those killed in the WTC. I’ve heard many people say Americans were killed there but my understanding was/is there were people from all over the world working there that day. I forget how many Brits were killed. The government paid out millions.


27 posted on 12/05/2010 1:34:37 PM PST by ReverendJames (Only a lawyer and a painter can change black to white)
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To: rabscuttle385
I have worked in the construction trade for over 35 years. The environment was dusty with lead base paint, asbestos insulation. I used the silly painters dust mask. I'm 57, tip the scale a 199. By these first responders scale I should be dead.

Thank you for your service pal, I'm sure you were well compensated for your efforts. I'm sorry for your health problems, maybe it was your diet or perhaps you smoked for 40 years that you and others like you are having problems.

The rest of us shouldn't have to shoulder your medical cost. Good luck to you!

28 posted on 12/05/2010 1:43:56 PM PST by 23 Everest (A gun in hand is better than a cop on the phone.)
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To: 23 Everest

Many were photographed with their “dust mask” hanging from one ear.


29 posted on 12/05/2010 2:20:20 PM PST by Does so (Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.)
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To: rabscuttle385

John McCain is just Benedict Arnold, only with more Americans supporting him.

McCain just oozes Treason


30 posted on 12/05/2010 3:01:16 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Isolationism and Protectionism sure beat Globalism and Communism)
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To: ReverendJames

I wonder if people remember the payouts to the relatives of those killed in the WTC. I’ve heard many people say Americans were killed there but my understanding was/is there were people from all over the world working there that day. I forget how many Brits were killed. The government paid out millions


I wonder if those who whine about compensating the 9/11 responder victims....never say anything about the BILLIONS we gave the airlines after 9/11? The US govt basically paid the lawsuits the airlines would have had to pay

I am sure some of the more Liberal Socialist Globalists here on FR will have some crazy reason why it was OK to bail out the airlines for BILLIONS with our taxpayer money


31 posted on 12/05/2010 3:07:10 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (Isolationism and Protectionism sure beat Globalism and Communism)
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To: rabscuttle385

MCCAIN = SCUM


32 posted on 12/05/2010 3:23:31 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker
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