Just as Congressman Anthony Weiner wasn’t permitted a peaceful resignation from the Ninth Congressional District, his replacement Bob Turner wasn’t permitted a peaceful inauguration.
A former Marine dragged an Occupy Wall Street supporter out of a swearing-in ceremony for Republican Congressman Bob Turner after the activist began to heckle the newly-elected pol.
“All I was doing was trying to stop this historic occasion from being disrupt-ed. There is a time and place to exercise your First Amendment rights,’’ Kevin Hiltunen, the former Marine and Turner volunteer, told the New York Post. “This was not the time or the venue.”
Hiltunen grabbed Adam Weissman, the heckler, from his collar and proceeded to drag him out of Metropolitan High School in Queens, where the ceremony was being held.
Prior to the heckling, Weissman was seen holding a sign that read “Rep. Turner [heart] the 1%”.
After he was roughly escorted out, he handed out Occupy Wall Street fliers on Metropolitan Avenue.
“Before I got grabbed by those people, I wanted to say that Bob Turner has only been in office for two months and he has already sold out his supporters,” said Weissman.
According to the Post, Hiltunen served in the NYPD from February 1994 to June 2009, when he retired from a disability caused by an accident on the job.
Weissman said he twisted his ankle during the scuffle but says he’ll be “OK.”