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. diridi

    what ever he says...nation needs to pass this much needed health care reform with public option....we can use PAs for rural area practice for cost cutting....all these hospitals are hiring bunch of foreign doctors and robbing thenation....we need health care reform....with public option....ok....stricter immigration is needed too....

    September 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  2. Florence

    A stupid remark deserves a stupid respond.

    September 15, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. JR

    he's right.

    September 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Marc

    So, basically, instead of making a question to the congressman (which was the reason for him to have the opportunity to talk to him), the man made a speech and ended it with a remark to the congressman. The kind of remark that DEMANDS a quick answe, just like the one he received.
    It reminds me of Churchill saying to the woman who said that if he was her husband she'll put poison in his tea that, if she was his wife, he'll drink that tea.
    NICELY SAID CONGRESSMAN!

    September 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Nat

    Excuse me. Should read: "...overture made by the questioner."

    September 15, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  6. dan

    While Congress is wasting its time to rebuke Rep Wilson who has already apologized for his outburst, there will be no apology demanded of this Rep who has shown an incredible amount of contempt for the exact people he is "supposedly" representing in Congress. Sad commentary on how the Congress is run, if you are with us you can say anything and we will turn a blind eye to it if you are against us we will treat every instance of disagreement with overkill.

    September 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  7. Laurie

    Good for the congressman!

    September 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  8. Joe

    Politicians = Kanye West-like behavior. Disgraceful.

    September 15, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Tania

    Your reporting is skewed - you're creating an issue over what Stark said in a REPLY. Please correct.

    September 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  10. Proud Member..Party of No

    There ya go, California. You know what to do. Vote his pompous arse out of office. This is exactly the type of thing that prompted the tea parties. When these politicians don't listen to their bosses(we the people) they need to get the boot and it doesn't matter what letter they have after their name.

    September 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  11. David

    CNN, Yet another misleading blog headline with text that tells only part of the story.
    1st: The constituent said "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." first. Pete Stark didn't just come up with the peeing on your leg being a waste of time out of the blue.
    2nd: The participant launched a long litany but you provide no details as to whether the man made valid statement or whether they were just a long list of GOP talking points. I suspect it's the latter but obviously none of us can tell from reading the ticker.
    Poor reporting (if you can really call it reporting at all).

    September 15, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  12. Scott, Tucson

    Love it! Just shows the contempt that the democrats have towards your average American citizens. Looks like Mr. Stark will be joining the others dem's when they find themselves unemployed after 2010.

    September 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Tony in Maine

    Given that the man was being calm, not shouting or accusing the President of being bin Laden in disguise, I think Stark overreacted.

    The crowd was definitely a bunch of teabaggers though. Them, I wouldn't have pee'd on, but more out of fear one had a Glock in his waistband and would exercise his 2nd Amendment right to kill anything that he wants – oh wait, that hasn't been added yet, has it.

    September 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. eolufemi

    You got to admit the old man set himself up for that one.

    September 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Retired US Army Officer-Kansas

    You get what you sow, I see nothing wrong with Barney Franks response nor do I see anything wrong with Pete Starks come back.

    September 15, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. Bill

    He did it for the lulz, I am sure.

    September 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Joshua

    What would you expect from the Democratic culture of corruption. In Stark's eyes we owe him. He is just another lowlife politician.

    September 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. ICARE

    It must be the end of the world. Our senators are all acting so immature. Thank God Obama is the only person that still acts like a professional.

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  19. Randy

    Democrats are so classy guy should have knocked his teeth out. That would have ended these congressmans degrading comments.

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. jAYjAY

    an appropriate response

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. haren

    After giving all kind of title and name to president this guys should receive same treatment.
    Congressman is absolutely right saying that.

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. Joe in NJ

    "It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."

    Just as I'm sure it wouldn't be worth voting for this man again.

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. nate

    hahahahahaha

    very funny but true

    September 15, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. Post always rejected by CNN

    Good for Him....guess it would have been OK if he had shown up the the meeting packing two guns. You know like people do to Obama's meetings.

    And the GOP think that is really OK.....at least the comment was non-violent.....geeze little old republicans are getting their feelings hurt do tell.

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  25. Red by choice

    ...and thus reinforcing the old axiom "it’s better to be pissed off than pissed on".

    This is news? How about something on the Acorn scandal, CNN?

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
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