September 15th, 2009
03:56 PM ET
5 years ago

Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on

Pete Stark is involved in his own classic YouTube moment.
Pete Stark is involved in his own classic YouTube moment.

(CNN) - Rep. Barney Frank, D-Massachusetts, raised eyebrows last month when he told a constituent at a raucous health care town hall event, "Trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table."

Now Rep. Pete Stark, D-California, is involved in a similar instant YouTube classic, telling a town-hall participant over the weekend that he wouldn't "waste the urine" to pee on the man's leg.

First reported by the San Francisco Chronicle and confirmed by a YouTube clip of the event, the longtime congressman made the remark after the participant launched into a long, but calm, litany about government inefficiency when it comes to nation's health care system. The man concluded his remarks with warning Stark not to "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."

As the audience cheered, a calm Stark responded: "Well, I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."

There was a mixture of laughter and boos as Stark motioned for the next question.


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  1. Robin

    I think the American people, the reporters and the politicians not only need to start listening, they need to start doing their homework on the issue. The little fact checking the reporters are doing isn't enough. The politicians need to start understanding there is alot of mistrust out there, and while this may work to the advantage of some in the short run, it is going to come back to haunt everyone eventually. And the American people are going to have to educate themselves on the issue as difficult as that is because the only thing you can count on is what you know to be true and the only facts you can trust are those you verify for yourself.

    September 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Angela in Denver

    What strikes me is that the man is complaining about the government and he is more than likely on a government run healthcare.

    September 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. GR

    This out-of-context stuff is not even worth reporting. Come on national media, you're not a local tabloid rag.

    September 15, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. Irene

    While personal remarks toward some people at the town meetings seem inappropriate and over all non-productive, I can understand the frustration that some of our lawmakers are having with these rude, misguided ,or outwardly racist individuals regarding helath care reform. They appear to be in a frenzied state, and it is clear that they have already made up their minds long before the meeting. The Republican Party and the insurance companies are mainly responsible for this situation. If President Obama comes to harm, the Republican party will have blood on its hands!

    September 15, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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