Oregon Governor Kate Brown held a press conference today and called for the federal government to help end the occupation of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge (and the city of Burns) by armed militants as quickly as possible:
"The situation is absolutely intolerable and it must be resolved immediately. The very fabric of this community is being ripped apart," she said.
She noted the feds had asked her to stay quiet:
Brown said federal authorities asked her and other state officials to "limit our public comments" to avoid escalating the situation. Although she has heeded that request, Brown chastised federal officials Wednesday for allowing the standoff to continue as long as it has.
"The residents of Harney County have been overlooked and underserved by federal official's response thus far," she said. "I have conveyed these very grave concerns directly to our leaders at the highest levels of our government: the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House."
Governor Brown also noted the expenses related to the massive law enforcement response is starting to pile up:
Brown, speaking at a news conference where she also laid out her 2016 policy agenda, also said Oregon officials should "scrub" the state's budget next month to help offset the costs of the standoff. She put those ongoing expenses at $100,000 a week, with even more money spent during the first week of the standoff.
Strong words from Governor Brown, who is clearly disappointed in the federal help thus far. Stay tuned.i find it hard to feel their angst as i think they allowed this to grow into what it has become and early stories of local law enforcement permitting their intrusion in light of what it was about really Bundy brats breaking the law and relying on the support of the locals remember recent appeals for supplies. this is a situation that they did build themselves now it's a dark cloud that has enveloped the community and they now want the feds to help.
the feds however do have responsibility because from out set it is federal law that's being broken. these same guys have a history of pointing guns at federal agents fro sniper positions, so why the delay they criminals asked for confrontation first with their dead beat dad and now with the hostage take over so again why the delay????????????????????????