By WNYC's Alec Hamilton
The Brooklyn Republican Congressmen have issued statements in support of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's crackdown on the OWS protesters. In a statement issued today, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm told the protesters to "pack up their tents, buy a bar of soap, and head home."
These people have overstayed their welcome and it's time they get the heck
out of New York City. Between the filth, the smell, the incessant noise,
and threat to public safety, they have done nothing but cause a nuisance to
the people who work and live in Lower Manhattan. They've cost the city and
surrounding businesses millions of dollars, and it's time these people find
a more productive use of their time. New Yorkers have had ENOUGH!
The people I represent are the hard-working '99%' who simply want to go to
work, do their jobs, and get home to their families without being hassled
along the way. They already face one of the longest commutes in the nation
without having to deal with this mob. It is reprehensible for these
lowlifes to overrun the Staten Island Ferry or the subways to Brooklyn and
add further hours to the trip home.
I applaud the efforts of Mayor Bloomberg, and the NYPD under Commissioner
Kelly's leadership, in cleaning up Zuccotti Park and managing a potentially
violent and destructive situation. They have done a tremendous job!
However, it has been two months and now it's time for the OWS protesters to
pack up their tents, buy a bar of soap, and head home.
Grimm is not the only one who has Bloomberg's back. Congressional District Nine's own Republican Bob Turner released a statement supporting the police action as well. Rep. Peter King referred to the OWS protesters as "a bunch of low-life dirtbags" on the Imus in the Morning Show. "Here are people living in dirt and disease," he characterized them. "You can have a legitimate cause, but you don't have to be living in dirt, drugs, sex, the whole bit."
It's not only Republicans backing the mayor. Queens City Council Democrat Peter Vallone, Jr. told NY1, "The police have every right to use the force that they deem necessary to arrest if people aren't cooperating."
And, of course, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his approval. Cuomo said he supported the mayor's actions, but qualified it somewhat by continuing to say that he supports all the different strategies taken by different mayors across New York in dealing with OWS.