Bronx Pols Take Texas Senator Ted Cruz To Task On Inflammatory Remarks

Politicians and other Bronx personalities took Senator Ted Cruz to task for disparaging remarks he made about the Bronx on Saturday.

Speaking at a summit of the conservative group, “Americans For Prosperity,” Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said, “Now, I understand that Manhattan is very concerned with their security with the Bronx, but it’s a little bit different on 2,000 miles of the Rio Grande,”

The remark set off a firestorm of responses, with Bronx politicians quick to defend our beloved borough.

“Ted Cruz’s willingness to traffic in the outdated stereotypes of past decades is disgusting, and is totally devoid of truth,” said Borough President Ruben Diaz. “The Bronx has seen unprecedented positive growth in recent years, and Senator Cruz’s infantile attempt to score cheap political points by slandering our borough is revolting, and unworthy of the title of United States Senator. Grow up, Senator Cruz.

NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said, “It’s sad that Ted Cruz would use tired and wrong stereotypes about the Bronx to try advance his extreme political agenda. The truth is the Bronx is growing and prospering and doesn’t need to be insulted by Tea Party extremists like Ted Cruz,”

BP Diaz Jr.’s Communications Director John DeSio may have provided one of the most poignant responses via Twitter:

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