Comments Draw Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Some New Year's-related comments from a Connecticut congressman are getting an angry reaction.

Christopher Shays told a TV station that he wouldn't go to New York's Times Square "for anything." He also urged New Year's revelers not to go, citing terrorism fears.

Shays says it's irresponsible for federal officials to make people think they don't need to take precautions -- like avoiding packed crowds in New York City.

Shays' comments drew criticism from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On NBC's "Today" show he mentioned that former Iraq POW Shoshana Johnson would be taking part in the Times Square festivities.

And he says maybe Shays should -- in his words -- "call her and learn a little bit about courage." The mayor also says the congressman should have more confidence in what he calls the "world's greatest police department."


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