The Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for more than a month now, and support from elected officials for the protesters has slowly trickled in. “I support the message to the establishment,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). “Change has to happen. We cannot continue in a way that does not — that is not relevant to their lives.” “The protesters are giving voice to a more broad-based frustration about how our financial system works,” President Obama added.
And some state leaders have offered support to the movement as well. Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT) said, “while I don’t agree with all of the positions taken by the protesters, I applaud their courage, commitment, and focus on the gulf between the wealthiest and the rest of us. The issues they are raising are critically important to our national dialogue about economic priorities.” ThinkProgress today spoke with Gov. Dan Malloy (D-CT), who also supported the protesters:
Listen, there’s a gigantic frustration and Occupy Wall Street or occupy anything is bunch of people who are feeling frustrated and in some cases feeling frustrated about different things. So this is not a unified movement with the exception of it being based on frustration, and that frustration is brought about for lots of reasons, not the least of which is the most prolonged recession in recent American history, during which time, somehow and someway the rich continued to get richer and the poor continued to get poorer.
Malloy said he has visited one of the protests in Connecticut. Earlier this month, he said at an economic summit that “we live in a country where infrastructure is failing us on a daily basis and other states are vastly exceeding our level of investment. There are many reasons for people to be frustrated in our economy.”