Janet Long, under fire for comments about ‘firefighters taking advantage of 9/11’, schedules fundraiser on 9/11

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A day after she created a firestorm by suggesting that “firefighters have really taken advantage of 9/11,” Pinellas County Commission candidate Janet Long was scheduled to hold a fundraiser for her campaign on the 11th anniversary of that tragic day.

On Tuesday, fellow Democrats distanced themselves and lawmakers of every stripe rushed to declare their love of firefighters, reports Anne Lindberg of the Tampa Bay Times.

But Long still had a fundraiser scheduled on a day when candidates running at every level of politics — from President of the United States to dog catcher — refrained from actively campaigning out of respect for the significance of the day.

For example, both President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney took down their negative ads in honor of the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Neither appeared at overtly political events. As Romney said yesterday, there is a time and place for politics, “but this day (9/11) is not it.”

Evidently, Janet Long disagrees.

According to an invitation obtained by SaintPetersBlog, Long’s fundraiser was to be hosted by Alan Bomstein and Judy Mitchell. Former Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink was also on the host committee.

I’m still checking to see if Long went through with the fundraiser after the barrage of criticism her comments provoked. Even if she did not go through with the event, it does eliminate the question of what kind of political leader schedules a fundraiser on September 11th.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.