Minnesota Rep. Ellison expresses solidarity with Occupy Wall Street
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota was one of the first politicians in the nation to express his support for Wall Street protesters Tuesday.In a statement with his Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, Ellison said he’s been inspired by the growing protest movement.
“We share the anger and frustration of so many Americans who have seen the enormous toll that an unchecked Wall Street has taken on the overwhelming majority of Americans while benefitting the super wealthy,” Ellison wrote in a statement. “We stand with the American people as they demand corporate accountability and we support their use of peaceful means to improve America.”
Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold has also endorsed the demonstrators, saying that by the time the protests are over that they will make the Tea Party look like a “tea party.”
On the Republican side, presidential candidate Mitt Romney said the occupations, which are spreading across the country, amount to “class warfare,” according to the National Journal. GOP presidential contender Herman Cain agreed, according to Talking Points Memo: “Don’t blame Wall Street, don’t blame the big banks — if you don’t have a job and you are not rich, blame yourself!”
The protests have recently gained some establishment support from unions, adding the backing of an AFL-CIO youth congress and the New York City transit workers union to earlier support from the Industrial Workers of the World.
A Minnesota branch of the Occupy Wall Street movement plans to occupy a site in downtown Minneapolis Friday. Minnesota supporters have urged Ellison to attend the planned Friday occupation on Twitter. His spokesperson said he’ll still be in D.C. when the occupation is planned to start.