BOSTON (CBS) – Occupy Boston says the protesters who camp out nightly and hold up signs daily deserve credit for starting their grassroots movement, not the State’s Democratic candidate for Senate, Elizabeth Warren or any other politician.
“A politician taking credit for the movement is kind of a slightly ridiculous thing. Movements are created when a group of people get together and decide they’re sick of things,” says organizer Alex Ingram.
In an interview with the Daily Beast about the occupy movement, Warren said, “I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do…I support what they do.”
WBZ-TV’s Diana Perez reports
Senator Scott Brown and the Republican Party pounced on Warren’s comments saying, “It’s not surprising that Professor Warren is taking credit for starting a left-wing protest movement that does nothing to put people back to work. Scott Brown wants everyone to occupy a job and his focus is on getting the economy moving again.”
Republicans say if Warren wants credit for creating the movement then she should also get credit for controversy that’s surrounding it, including the arrests. More than 140 protesters were cuffed this month at Dewey Square.
At a campaign event at Framingham State University Warren clarified her comments but never backed off of them, “I said I think I’ve been protesting Wall Street for a very long time and I understand the frustration, I share the frustration with what’s going on that right now. Washington is wired to work well for those on Wall Street who can have lobbyists and lawyers and it doesn’t work very well for the rest of us.”
A Warren aide says she has repeatedly asked protesters to obey the law.