A Democrat and a Republican walk into the Occupy Wall Street demonstration, have a debate of their own
2:41 pm Oct. 4, 2011
In a sort-of bipartisan gesture at Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan this afternoon, Occupy Wall Street got an unexpected visit today from two New York City Council members, one Democrat and one Republican, who showed up separately and wound up engaging in a civil debate with each other right there on the spot.
A spokesman for Ydanis Rodriguez sent over this picture of the Manhattan Democrat in discussion with Queens Republican Dan Halloran.
According to the Rodriguez spokesman, Halloran spoke about his
opposition to support of term limits and believes everyone, including poor people, should pay taxes.
Rodriguez, in turn, argued a position more in line with that of the left-leaning, anti-corporate protesters, which is that wealthy New Yorkers and Americans needed to pay more than they currently do in order to lessen the financial burden on struggling members of the lower and middle classes.
Apparently they didn't plan to show up together, but went down separately, saw each other, and got into their conversation.
I called and emailed Halloran's office about what he said but haven't heard back yet.
Update: Halloran's spokesman said this was his first visit to the protesters. "The Councilman wanted to observe firsthand the protest, speak to people there and discuss issues," said Steven Stites. "He had a friendly conversation with several protesters about campaign finance reform and the government’s overreach in bailing out corporations. Of course, protestors have the right to peaceably assemble. As a City we have to balance this freedom with public concerns. Councilman Halloran acknowledges their freedom to protest, even if he doesn’t agree with many of their views."