Long-Time IAFF Illinois Leader
Dave Foreman has been a part of the IAFF for decades.
He served as president of the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois for many years before becoming the Fire Marshal of the State.
The comments are in reference to Darren Bates.
I do not know anything about this case therefore I will not comment on it, other than to say Haroldâ€™s actions do not surprise me…
…Most of our members are never made aware of abuse of power.
Speaking of power I remember Harold speaking to someone at an AFL-CIO winter meeting.
He was talking about the power of the general president, this is when he was gearing up to run.
He said “The power is intoxicating”.
I think he has been intoxicated on his power since being elected.
I hope that some day this intoxication will wear off. Â He might then begin using it to benefit the members instead of abusing them.
I was in Florida at an affiliate leadership training seminar and Harold walked up to some members I was talking to and said â€œWhat are you doing talking to that guy.â€
It became a joke with several people who were also in attendance at that meeting.
They were saying I donâ€™t think I should talk to you Harold might see me.
They were joking but, Harold was not, he was simply acting childish and being the low life that he often is.
Since that incident, I have often wondered if he has ever actually read the preamble to the IAFF constitution or does he just think it does not apply to him.
I can not help but wonder if when Harold is alone, how often does he think to himself â€œwhat would the members think if they knew who I really am?â€
[Many can attest to the veracity of Foreman’s story. Â It is classic Schaitberger in bully mode: Â pick out a public target judged weaker than you and then “sucker punch” them in front of members who would never speak up. Â It’s safe but cowardly and it Â humiliates your adversary, again, classic Schaitberger. Â When fighting, bullies always go down a weight division or two, they never go up. Â Why? Â It would be an equal fight and they might lose.]
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