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. Sniffit

    Why did Stark even bother dignifying him by responding to a vulgar comment from this guy? I guess he felt he needed to stoop that low. So much for the high road.

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. JD

    With this sort of blatant disrespect directed at everyday Americans by their elected representatives, you'd have to be insane to want these same people in charge of your health care!

    If these people can't tolerate a little dissent now, what makes anyone think they'll tolerate any mention of dissatisfaction when their next boondoggle of socialism starts flying apart at the seams?

    This is just more proof that the government is completely out of touch with the REAL mainstream and isn't fit to be making any kind of inroads into managing our health care system.

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Figures

    Pete Stark...the same loon who accused Bush of starting wars for profit? And he`s talking to others about dignity????????????????

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  4. Josh in TN

    I'm glad these Dems are putting these under cover hate group members in their place.

    September 15, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  5. I can see Canada from my house!

    I think its a great comeback. Its a little ironic that after many of these reps have been deluged with insults, hate mail and threats that people are suprised when one of them shoots back with something. The same people that want to canonize Wilson are probably frothing about this.

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Rosemarie

    Too funny!!! The Democrats should have stood up to these idiots from the beginning. If anyone would have pulled that crap at a Cheny/Bush funtion, they would have been arrested. They should thank God we have free speech again. We did not have free speech when Cheny was in office.

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. Mississippi Miss

    We are children after all. Wish we could all take our toys and go home, but we have to kick this administration off the playground.

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  8. Larry

    The CNN headline "Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on" is totally inaccurate and uncalled for. He never said "some people" and his response was only directed at the idiot who brought up the pee on my leg analogy in the first place. The CNN headline should have been "Jerk makes stupid remark about peeing to congressman who comes back at him with a justified retort that the idiot deserved".

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  9. Stanton

    Good for Rep. Frank and Stark.

    September 15, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  10. some chick

    Fire every one of these over-paid lunatics!
    We citizens have REAL problems out here and these morons act like
    grade school kids.
    I can do a better job than any one of them, and I will gladly trade paychecks with them too.

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

    hahaha..got to love a one liner like that but he probably should know better to say such things.

    September 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. bill dunlap

    Looks to me like Stark started it. Why don't we all get down to business, Medicare for all, let the bankers crumble, and stop pissing our money down the Military hole.

    September 15, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  13. carlos, that one

    WAY TO GO REP. STARK............we liberals will fight back those irresponsible, ill mannered, satanic attacks, YES, we will!!!!!!!

    September 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. witch

    What an idiot!

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

    I wonder how soon it will take some people to take these comments out of context in order to make a political point?????

    September 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  16. Neil

    I am no fan of Pete Stark, or any of these House healthcare reform proposals,

    but, as the gentleman concluded his comments with the pee reference I think it excuses Mr. Starks response.

    Maybe as Congressman not the best response – but I will concede he was entitled and should not make a big deal about it.

    September 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  17. bill blow from Stratford,ct

    Why is it ok for these clowns in the audience to shout out, call you names and ask you the most outrages question you can think of like, death panels, the Pres. is a Nazi, why are you supporting a socialist as Pres., the Pres. isn't a real American and so on and so on but if you as a Congress person answer them like the way Franks and Stark did, it's a problem. I say, the Congressmen haven't done anything wrong. Why waste your time with these nut cases. GOOD FOR YOU Rep. Stark.

    September 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. Leno

    Seems that the headline is very misleading. it was a natural and funny response to a very rude statement by the other person.

    September 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  19. Failure is a Republican

    That is the type of response more Democrats need to give to the totally IGNORANT morons from the ultra right that fill these Town Halls.

    These people are about as educated about the FACTS of the Health Care Bills as a slug on your sidewalk and need to be treated as such.

    These people are a disgrace to the United States and really make us all look like backwards idiots who couldn't read and understand anything more difficult than a McDonalds menu.

    September 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Kevin Ryan - New York

    Government officials who act like this forget who they serve – and they remind blue dogs like me that I need to hold on tight to my 2nd amendment.

    September 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  21. Dave

    I hope our politicians can continue to be the grown ups in these conversations, in spite of the incivility of the tea baggers/birthers/pro-corporate/antihealthers.

    September 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  22. rob

    Hey you people in California that are "represented" by this guy, you have your proof of what he thinks of you. Its time to shake up these politicians, of both parties. We need to send a big message in the next election.

    Nov. 2010 can't come fast enough.

    September 15, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  23. makesUwonder

    This is exactly what this administration and these Dems feel about honest hard working American citizens! VOTE THEM ALL OUT!

    September 15, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. Nancy

    How in the world do all these crude guys get elected?

    September 15, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Sean Sullivan

    His comment shows how elite our politicians place themselves, regardless of party affiliation.

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