Weprin Boos Iranian President's Columbia Visit (UPDATED)
September 21st, 2007
City Councilmember David Weprin has joined Council Speaker Christine Quinn in opposing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University scheduled for Monday.
Weprin will host a rally at Columbia at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, where he will be joined by other “elected officials, community groups and civic leaders” to voice their opposition, according to a press release.
Weprin, by the way, is an announced candidate in the 2009 city comptroller race.
Earlier today, Mayor Michael Bloomberg hesitated to criticize Columbia for inviting the Iranian president. Earlier this week, however, the mayor did say the president would not be allowed to visit Ground Zero, despite an earlier request. The Bloomberg administration has barred Ahmadinejad from the World Trade Center site for security reasons.
What do you think? Should the Ahmadinejad be permitted to visit Ground Zero? Do you support his visit to Columbia?
Update: In related news, Quinn is now scheduled to appear on CNN’s “The Situation Room” at 5 p.m. and on Fox News’s “The Big Story with Gibson and Nauert” at 5:02 p.m. today, regarding the appearance of the Iranian president in New York City.By Courtney Gross on September 21, 2007, 2:05 pm
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