“These people have overstayed their welcome and it’s time they get the heck out of New York City,” Mr. Grimm said this afternoon. “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!”
Earlier this week, Rep. Peter King told Don Imus that the protesters were “a bunch of lowlifes,” and Rep Bob Turner made much more understated remarks, praising Mayor Bloomberg for the raid on Zuccotti Park on Monday.
Mr. Grimm likewise had high praise for the mayor, but added in some digs at the protesters.
“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.”
He also accused the protesters of making life difficult for his constituents, many of whom, it should be said, work on Wall Street.
“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.