City Councilmen Break Out In Spontaneous Debate in Liberty Plaza

councilmen1 City Councilmen Break Out In Spontaneous Debate in Liberty Plaza

City Councilmen Dan Halloran and Ydanis Rodriguez visit Occupy Wall Street HQ

Normally we’d say that there is no way New York City Republican Councilman Dan Halloran just happened to be at the Occupy Wall Street protests today, and just happened to run into his Democratic coworker Ydanis Rodriguez, and those two just happened to break out with an impromptu civil argument about taxes. But that’s what both of these elected officials” spokespeople are saying to Capital New York, so who are we to argue that this was a pre-planned event?

After all, City Hall isn’t that far away from Zuccotti Park. And what good would a public forum do for Mr. Halloran, when Mr. Rodriguez has been down to the protest on at least one other occasion, mingling amongst his people and giving Spanish-language interviews. The best Councilman Halloran could do was invoke Ron Paul and hope there were some Libertarians in the audience. There was actually an accidentally candid moment of the Republican speaking to protesters today, captured on a video walk-through of the park this afternoon. (Clip starts at 1:45)

Unfortunately, there is no video yet of Mr. Halloran vs. Mr. Rodriguez, but we’re sure it was great. According to Capital:

According to the Rodriguez spokesman, Halloran spoke about his 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.

We’re sure that went over really well: Councilman Halloran is lucky to have made it back to the office without being pelted with rotten produce Chicken McNuggets.


  1. Marcy Harris says:

    Do these young people educated in the “re-education camps” of modern American ed actually realize the fact that the largest political contributions from any one zip code in the whole US come from the Wall Street zip and go by a huge preponderance to the Democrat party.  Oooops!   Check your facts young’uns.  You are looking foolish hitting up Wall Street to re-elect Obama.  They are in their fancy offices saying tee hee!  Got’em again.

  2. Dan Halloran says:

    Dear Editors: 
    Maybe you should try and get the facts straight once in a while.  Your commentary that I was “lucky to have made it out without getting pelted” belies the bias sensationalistic reporting you routinely engage in. 
    I spent over three and a half hours at Zuccattti Park, talking with dozens of people individually, without incident.  Then I gave three impromtu press scrums and engaged dialogues with people and press, including one that included almost 50 of the young folks there.  I had a lively and friendly banter with CM’s Rodriguez and Williams, and we had a good time engaging people.  Not only was I warmly recieved but had a series of constructive dialogues.  Maybe you should do a better job of fact checking- or look at the dozen or so youtube and news reel videos where it even shows *gasp* I got applause and cheers…
    Liberty doesnt require us to agree, simply to debate civilly and discuss the issues as rational human beings.  That we did and more- many agreed that corporatism is a looming problem, banking deregulation has caused severe damage to the stability of our nation, that government should not be subsidizing private companies and conglomerates, and the Federal Reserve is fundamentally flawed- even discussing Madison and Jefferson’s debates on a National Bank…. so there, liberty republicans and libertarians found common ground with the angst over Wall Street.
    I discussed Teddy Roosevelt and Trust/Monopoly busting and the similarity in the modern era created by the big-bank mergers.  We also talked about Campaign Finance reform, and voter participation and election involvement as tools to repair some of the damage done in this current disenfranchised age.
    Next you took a cheap shot at Ron Paul, who at least has the courage of his convictions and isnt owned by any corporation or union or other special interest.  Over 2000 young people came to Webster Hall last week to listen to him – he is reaching out to the future of our Nation.  Does that bother you?  As a matter of fact there are dozens of libertarians camped out  in the occupy wall street movement – NOT that you bother to report that fact.
    In sum, the left-bias you betray in the framing of your last line  in the story shows your are less interested in fostering true discussion and dialogue  and instead would rather whip up controversy to perpetuate division and the problem of talking past each other – rather than search for solutions.
    If no Council Members went there, you’d ask “where were they?” and if a Republican didn’t go you’d say, “see they dont care”…. but a Republican Council member went- one of the first politicians to show up there- so of course, you have to find fault… because, heck, that’s all you can do…
    Good job!
    Council Member Dan Halloran (R-Queens)
    Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Libertarian