“”Jose E. Serrano @RepJoseSerrano Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. R.I.P. Mr. President.”
Serrano, whose New York district covers part of the Bronx, also released a lengthy written statement praising Chavez and recounting an invited visit to his district in 2005.
“I met President Chavez in 2005 when he came to my district at my invitation,” Serrano wrote. “His focus on the issues faced by the poor and disenfranchised in his country made him a truly revolutionary leader in the history of Latin America.” …
Serrano recounted that Chavez offered discounted home heating oil to struggling residents in his district. He acknowledged that Chavez was a controversial figure, while noting that “it is important to remember that he was democratically-elected many times in elections that were declared free and fair by international monitors.”