THE BRONX - A Bronx politician is receiving some backlash for speaking highly of Venezuela's late president, Hugo Chavez.

Congressman Jose E. Serrano (D-16th District) tweeted a message following Chavez's death that said, "Hugo Chavez was a leader that understood the needs of the poor. He was committed to empowering the powerless. Rest in peace, Mr. President."

Serrano was immediately met with negative responses. He elaborated on his comment to News 12, saying that people need to look at the whole picture of Latin America to understand that Chavez was a revolutionary leader.

The controversial president was invited to the borough by Serrano in 2005 to introduce a program aimed at reducing the cost of home heating oil.