« For lobbyists, tough times are good for business | Main | The politics of Obama's SC pick »

New York Che statue draws Miami protest

Miami Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Mario Diaz-Balart are among 10 GOP'ers demanding the immediate removal of a statue of Che Guevara’s likeness at an entrance to New York’s Central Park.

According to Bloomberg News, the bronze sculpture of the Marxist revolutionary has been at the Fifth Avenue and 60th Street entrance since November and is scheduled to come down May 27.

A letter by the 10 describes Guevara as "an outspoken enemy of the United States" who embraced "the totalitarian, repressive policies of the Soviet Union" and once threatened to fire nuclear weapons on New York.

Says a spokeswoman for Public Art Fund, which sponsored the artwork, "The purpose of public art is to create dialog."