Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Tea Party, is once again taking on the Occupy movement.
You may remember that at a November town hall meeting in Gurnee Walsh described the Occupy protestors as “spoiled, pampered, unfocused, clueless young people” who are part of a “well-orchestrated, well-funded, far left effort to disrupt the American people and rile up (President Barack) Obama’s left base.”
On Tuesday, Walsh went even further in accusing the Obama administration of an alliance with the Occupiers. At a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Occupy DC, Walsh asked National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis whether his “political superiors” had ordered him to allow protestors to camp in McPherson Square, which is two blocks from the White House.
“Absolutely not,” Jarvis told Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., when asked if the Occupy movement was an issue of “political sensitivity” for the National Park Service. Jarvis said that he is “not taking direction” from political superiors -- saying decisions were made by law enforcement officers -- although he acknowledged that he briefs Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
Jarvis told the House investigators that he did not prevent the Occupiers from camping in the first place because he worried that “could possibly incite a reaction on their part that could result in injury.”
Walsh went on to say that “the city of Washington, D.C., is at a breaking point right now” as a result of the protests. Mayor Vincent Gray has also asked the Park Service to remove protestors from the park.
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