Ben Marcus statement on potential RNC in Jacksonville
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacalyn Crecelius
Phone: (904) 206-8483
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – June 3, 2020 – "If we can barely handle a protest of 3000 how are we going to handle the hundreds of thousands of people who will come protest the Republican National Convention? The Mayor is not thinking this through the whole way. It’s far more than just the convention inside the hall itself.
“The closest modern example of an RNC with tensions this high was in 2004 in New York City. That saw up to 500,000 people who protested not just in one spot but at select locations across the city, thousands of arrests and almost $20mil in class action lawsuit settlements (let alone the legal costs associated with dealing with the lawsuits). And remember New York City has a great deal of experience with large scale protests. We do not.
“What we saw on Saturday would be a small skirmish compared to the main protests and if we were placed under an illegal curfew after that, can we expect a week of curfew? Will our roads be slammed with traffic since our public transportation leaves much to be desired? Where will detained people be kept? How will we handle the huge numbers of out of staters who come to protest? Every “bad actor” will show up. How will we identify them to make sure peaceful protestors are safe? Where will the extra police come from and who will pay for them? NYC had up to 25000 cops on the street during the main protests.
“I urge the Mayor and our other elected officials to really dig deep into this and work off a worse case scenario, not paint a rosy picture for political support and then play surprise and the blame game when it ultimately goes south. This can have long lasting negative financial implications for our city and we deserve to know what the plan is before being placed in the precarious position of having to pay for it. Do not play games with our future.”
Ben Marcus is a small business owner and graduate of Jacksonville University. He lives in the Sunbeam neighborhood with his wife and three children where they attend Ahavath Chesed (The Temple). Ben believes in the power of community to solve its issues and that legislators should work collaboratively with, not act to subvert, local elected bodies. He doesn’t take money from businesses or PACs, nor does he have a political committee. Ben’s campaign for State House District 16 is focused on proving another way to run for and serve in public office is possible, where ethics and collaboration outweigh ideological purity and insular decision making.
Please visit VoteBenMarcus.com for more information about the campaign.