Skip to comments.Liberal Portland mayor emerges as Occupy critic
Posted on 12/10/2011 1:44:04 PM PST by mdittmar
Portland Mayor Sam Adams is a self-described strong liberal, but despite sharing the politics of many anti-Wall Street protesters who rocked his city, he has also emerged as one of their harshest critics.
Adams told Reuters this week in an interview at City Hall in Portland that the movement had lost its focus.
The Oregon mayor's running argument with the Occupy movement, much of it conducted openly over Twitter, points to a similar rift between left-wing protesters and liberal politicians in cities across the country, from Los Angeles to Atlanta.
Occupy protesters have denounced economic inequality and the perceived undue power of the wealthy. But they have also clashed with liberal politicians in ways that suggest the movement will not necessarily align with Democratic officials and candidates, political analysts said.
Adams is one of several mayors who, despite expressing sympathy with the Occupy movement, said his duty to maintain law and order compelled him to send in police to dismantle protest camps.
Demonstrations that began in September in New York against banks and corporations have shifted to include opposition to what protesters say is police brutality, as Occupy camps across the nation were forcibly shut down in recent weeks.
"I am a liberal progressive, but I also get to have an opinion on the movement, and I'm going to put it out there," Adams told Reuters. "Because any good movement has to be nimble, and this one so far hasn't been."
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It's OK, though, if the mayors or cities are conservative. i.e. NIMBY
Perhaps Mayor Adams did not get his palm greased enough by the Soros slush fund?
Wouldn’t have anything to do with the Longshoreman’s Union, by any chance, would it?
I should have kept a list of all the handwringers who asserted that OWS would become a sustained mass movement.
No, this is the difference between a liberal and a revolutionary communist. The same sort of separation took place int he 40s, so history is repeating itself.