Schaitberger is also a political kingmaker. “The [pension plan] record-keeping prior to my assuming office in September 2016 was so poor, one could argue it was designed that way,” Kelly wrote in his memo. Schaitberger is a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. Schaitberger has been blasted for lavish spending before, but the crux of the new allegations hinged on whether Schaitberger received pension benefits too early; prior to being elected IAFF president in 2000, he served as an IAFF union staffer for 24 years. Who would hold party elites accountable to the values they proclaim to have? “He was always a joy to have in the firehouse and to be around. Biden and his wife were on stage at a rally in Council Bluffs as she introduced him at the first stop of the tour. His memorandum of March 20 cited several offenses: systematic misrepresentations in financial reporting to the IAFF executive board; improper accessing of employee email; usurpation of the union constitution and its bylaws; diversion of nondiscretionary funds toward purposes unrelated to union business; failure to incorporate pension plan amendments adopted in 2006; and failure to notify the secretary-treasurer of discrepancies in financial reporting. The Biden team is laser-focused on the viability threshold requiring candidates to get 15 per cent support in a given precinct to have votes counted toward delegates. I hope POTUS steps in and stops the U.S. Army’s unlawful persecution of Matt Golsteyn! “This morning, I’m deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of Worcester Fire Lt. Jason Menard, who lost his life battling last night’s fire on Stockholm Street, and the injury of 3 other brave firefighters,” Baker tweeted. Schaitberger: Joseph S. (oder Scheitberger), Salzburger Exulant und evangelischer Erbauungsschriftsteller, geboren am 19.März 1658 zu Dürnberg bei Hallein im Salzkammergut, † am 2. Governor Charlie Baker lamented Menard’s death, as well. In the union’s new report, the authors acknowledged that the federal government may still find wrongdoing, but emphasized that if a pension “correction” is needed with the IRS, Schaitberger should not be personally on the hook for it. “We will send off Jason as he deserved and as he earned.”. By Ralph R. Ortega For and Associated Press, Published: 14:11 GMT, 1 December 2019 | Updated: 21:37 GMT, 1 December 2019. 'I promise you, I promise you', Biden told a few hundred supporters outside his campaign office in Council Bluff, 'we´re going to win this race, and we´re going to beat Donald Trump, and we´re going to change America'. Menard and his wife both attended Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, and in August, he posted a photo on his Facebook page of the pair smiling together. “We said ‘thank you very much for being so brave,’” Peralta said. During 2018-19, IAFF retirement plan assets relative to long-term liabilities fell precipitously from 84.25 percent to 66 percent. last week, Kelly has expressed interest in the role, according to an IAFF leader from the Midwest and other union members. great job, LT!”. EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden demands his financial records are... Colin Kaepernick speaks at Native American 'Un-Thanksgiving... At least FOUR dead and 14 wounded in Austrian 'ISIS' attack: One terrorist still on the run after police... Mass testing revolution: EVERY resident of Liverpool will be offered a Covid test as first major step... RICHARD LITTLEJOHN: If this was 1940, Boris Johnson would stand down The Few to 'protect the RAF'. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Biden advisers confirmed they already are mapping out realignment ballot strategy. This sensibility explains his early and unwavering support of Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. Worcester Fire Lieutenant Jason Menard, who, A review of Menard’s social media presence shows he and relatives were proud of his service and keenly aware of, And on Dec. 8 of last year, Jason Menard posted a tribute marking the seventh anniversary of the line-of-duty death of, “And just hours later, there’s another fire on the other end of the city,” she said in reference to, The governor said “Lt. ahead of what is often described as the most important presidential election in generations. The outlet also reported on communications among the executive board, a body that includes 16 district vice presidents, Schaitberger, and Kelly. (When Biden announced his candidacy for the White House in April 2019, the IAFF endorsed him almost immediately, long before any other union.), Our thoughts and prayers go out to the @WorcesterFD and the family of Lt. Jason Menard. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink To Be Biden’s Treasury Secretary Fresh Off China Partnership? The FBI—along with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington and the Department of Labor—is investigating Harold Schaitberger, the president of the … The International Association of Fire Fighters has absolved its president, Harold Schaitberger, of any wrongdoing related to his receipt of pension payments, according to an internal review obtained by The Intercept. Lorance was convicted of murdering two Afghan men in 2012, and both Lorance and Golsteyn had appeared at the Florida Republican Party fundraiser with the president four days earlier. It comes as Biden is fighting Trump for votes among elderly and white working-class voters, where the firefighters union is a key validator, so much so that Trump has worked hard to undermine the value of the endorsement. Lt. Menard died in the line of duty early this morning. Harold Schaitberger, who has been president of the International Association of Fire Fighters since 2001, announced his decision as the union faces a federal probe into improper pension payments. 'In terms of people out there knocking on doors, who attend other campaign events, district events, I can't name a member of the southeast Iowa Democrats who's supporting Joe Biden', said Glenn Hurst, a leader of Iowa Democrats´ Rural Caucus. This clause allowed for the collection of benefits at age 53 without incurring an early retirement penalty. Travis Andersen can be reached at, a three-alarm fire midday Wednesday at a pet supply store. 'As people get closer and closer to February, they become more and more practical about this', Vilsack said ahead of Biden´s trip.