The protest was organized by Lisa Layton of Laurens. She also said she had a petition with the names of about 1,600 residents of Gibson’s district supporting increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, which she said she would deliver to Gibson in person the next time he visited the office. She also said that Gibson is one of 22 congressmen that MoveOn.org is targeting because they are allegedly preventing a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from coming to a vote in the house.
“In New York, $9 an hour is not acceptable,” said Layton.
When contacted by The Cooperstown Crier, Gibson offered his thoughts on increasing the minimum wage.
“I do support raising the minimum wage,” Gibson said who confirmed that he did indeed support raising the minimum wage to $9. “I would be able to vote for and vote right now for a $9 minimum wage.”
Gibson also denied being part of any effort to block bringing a $10.10 an hour minimum wage to a vote.
He said, however, that the issue also related to economic growth.
“Ultimately I would like to see people make a lot more than minimum wage,” Gibson said.