The usual circus revolving around the 9/11 victims fund has come and gone.
The usual cynical grandstanding by the usual suspects has come along with it. Jon Stewart showed up doing his routine where he pretends to be outraged about it. (Not so much about 9/11 or the perpetrators of it.) Though this time around his pal, Anthony Weiner, who won several acting trophies for grandstanding on the subject, is sadly absent. Apparently he was busy moving back in with Huma Abedin.
But plenty of New York Dems, especially the 2020 candidates, were eager to cash in on it, while trying to shut each other out.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office smacked down Mayor Bill de Blasio when hizzoner asked if he could attend Tuesday’s press conference to celebrate the passage of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund bill, The Post has learned.
Because you know, it’s all about the victims.
De Blasio spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein confirmed that the mayor’s office had asked Gillibrand’s staff to attend the event — but was told no.
“We asked to participate and were told the event was about the first responders and attendance was limited to sponsors of the bill and advocates,” Goldstein said.
“We would have been honored to attend but recognize that today is about something much bigger than us.”
It’s totally about the first responders. That’s why Gillibrand is using it as a political platform for her 2020 campaign while shutting out a rival candidate who happens to be the Mayor of New York.