Occupy Wall Street demonstrator crashes Turner’s ceremony

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The Honorable John Ingram swore in Congressmember Bob Turner.
The Honorable John Ingram swore in Congressmember Bob Turner.

Congressmember Bob Turner’s official swearing-in was temporarily disrupted when an Occupy Wall Street protestor crashed the ceremony on Sunday, November 13.

According to the New York Post, the demonstrator — identified as Adam Weissman — was forcibly ejected out of the building by Kevin Hiltunen, a former Marine, cop and current volunteer for Turner’s campaign, after he interrupted the ceremony with verbal jabs to Turner’s foreign policy votes.

Outside, Weissman told reporters that he was an Occupy Wall Street organizer, adding that he sprained his right ankle and sustained bruises on his left shoulder from the powerful expulsion, according to reports.

“Bob Turner has sold out Queens and Brooklyn voters by voting for the [South] Korea, Colombia and Panama free-trade agreements which will outsource 219,000 U.S. jobs to sweatshops,” he told NY 1.

Turner was officially installed into office by House Speaker John Boehner in September, after beating Assemblymember David Weprin for the seat.

However, his district ceremonial swear-in this past weekend was held at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills in front of family, friends and constituents.

“I have lived in this area my entire life, so it was very important for me to come home and enjoy this moment with the people of the 9th District,” Turner said during his speech.

Besides representing the 9th Congressional District, Turner serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and House Committee on Homeland Security.