There is no other way to air the laundry than in the openâ€¦ Unless you are really secure in your reputation and position within the IAFF, your state organization, and/or your local, going against Harold and his IAFF machine is damn near suicide. Thus, why I choose to not identify myself. You are more than welcome to label me a coward for thatâ€¦
I believe (with a grain of salt) the information coming from this blog. Itâ€™s obvious the sources were accurate. The reason to believe the information is not that it came from Walsh or Gorman who are crusaders for the IAFF and shining beacons of innocence. Itâ€™s because they are just as guilty as those at IAFF headquarters. They know where the bodies are because they helped to bury some of them. They both are far from innocent in my mind, but it seems that they are trying to atone for their sins. This blog is the ONLY way to find out the truth behind many of the decisions made outside of the convention, and waiting for one chance to talk for five minutes every two years would make little impact, especially without the chance to defend and research the topics presented.
This week we held the biennial convention for the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters. We (as delegates) voted to endorse Harold, Edzo, and Ouellette. The first two were given, they are running unopposed, and Sanders is in the running for 8th DVP (and we and I fully support him), so we werenâ€™t going to do anything to rock the boat for him. However, what was interesting was the endorsement for Ouellette. Harold and Edzo both had their endorsement resolutions well prior to the convention. Ouellette did not have an endorsement resolution until it was introduced as a late resolution, interestingly only after our biennial speech from Harold. The endorsement for Ouellette passed, but far from unanimously. There was much discussion regarding this endorsement, and if not for the information from this blog, we would have never taken a second look at the candidates. This blog, or more your name Eric, was mentioned directly several times throughout the convention. For those that say this blog is not having an impact is inaccurate, and for those that think we as members do not care what you have to say, that is also inaccurate. I think the winds of change are beginning to blow through the IAFF ranks, Iâ€™m just not sure how long it will be until they have the strength to move the boat.
Iâ€™m sorry to see the great careers of Walsh and Gorman ruined, but having them outted as your sources did nothing but legitimize everything you have been saying since Cincinnati.
Keep up the fight, weâ€™re listeningâ€¦ Hopefully we (or I) can garner the courage to actâ€¦
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