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. DST- Australian observer

    and he would be right.

    The congressman exerted incredible self restraint. He had to put up with some of the most intellectually dim individuals I have ever seen.

    For heavens sake America, wake up! 45 million people without healthcare isn't a result of laziness or a lack of hardwork. Sometimes it all comes down to luck, and so sometimes people need help.

    It is sickening to think that opponents of Universal healthcare would rather watch someone die than help them because it costs them money.

    I suppose I was LUCKY enough to be born in a country with universal healthcare.

    September 15, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Bill

    Some people are not worth peeing on. We want honesty out of our politicians but when they are we rip them apart especially since most of us know someone we wouldn't pee on to put them out if they were on fire.

    September 15, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Hall for Obama

    Good for you Mr. Stark. As far as I am concern he called you a dog. I am sure if someone can call the president a lie and nothing is wrong, you can say "Well, I wouldn't dignify you by peeing on your leg. It wouldn't be worth wasting the urine."

    September 15, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Bubba

    Talking to these childish fools is a waste of time. They don't respect anyone who treats them as equals. They want Dubya to come back and treat them like dogs again, so they'll be sure where they stand. And I wouldn't bother to pee on a birther if he or she was on fire, and I won't be hiring these people from now on either.

    September 15, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. JS007

    Some of these politicians are so cushy and detached from the people that every once in a while it really comes out. While I support Obama's health care reform, and think that most of the town hall yellers are out to lunch in terms of how uninformed they are, making a stupid comment like Stark's is not helpful at all and only feeds into the image of a corrupt, arrogant, and useless Congress.

    Some of these veteran Congress people need to look at Al Franken's attitude and passion for the job to see how it should be done.

    September 15, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. Lilarose

    Good for Stark!

    Most of these anti-everything jerks are bigots and racists.....and hypocrites.

    Take their social security and Medicare away from them! More left for the rest of us.

    September 15, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  7. The Voice

    I agree with Franks, sometimes you just gotta put these people in check. Old neo-cons don't listen to rationality, who cares what they think. Their party already left this nation in shambles.

    America voted for change not status quo, sorry the train left thestation about 9 months ago.

    September 15, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. Mary in NV

    This congressman doesn't seem to have any respect for his constituents. Whether he agrees or doesn't, he needs to hear the concerns and logic of the common man. Of course, Frank gets FREE health care for the rest of his life – so why should he care? Until Congress does away with the golden parachute health plan they quietly voted in for themselves, I can't really take anything they say seriously. They have no right to our tax dollars for their health care for the rest of their lives (and their families). Now if a Congressman wrote a bill to take away their plan and give the money back into the pot, THAT Congressman will get my vote. They should be patrolling themselves instead of attacking the rest of us concerned citizens.

    September 15, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. sickofthelibs

    keep it classy dems!

    September 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  10. Minnesotan

    Bravo for Mr. Stark. We're all sick to death of these crazy people who blindly follow FauxNews and their caricature pundits. It'd be a miracle if any one of them actually did some research, acknowledged a fact, thought for themselves or knew what reality is.

    September 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Husman

    Rep Stark was absolutely correct because the town hall participants misrepresentation of facts was not only criminal but an abuse on the role of organize labor and the government in providing benefits (medical/retirements) for workers who otherwise would have been taking to the wood sledge by organize employers.

    September 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. AJ

    These guys need to put on their big boy pants and learn how to control themselves. The public is generally awful but these guys were elected to WORK for the public and our public servants need to treat us with respect whether we deserve it or not!!

    September 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. matt

    Isn't it wonderful to see an employee treat his boss this way? Both of these pompous gasbags deserve to be thrown out of office based on their contempt of citizenry

    September 15, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. Chuck

    What a horrible time to live in America to see and hear such disrespect coming from members of Congress ... LEADERS! We are losing our minds. How about we just get health care to the people, SOON?!

    September 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. Phillip Bias

    Another Dem who thinks he shouldnt have to justify his stance on any subject. remember folks we can be rid of them in 1 year, they dont think you can.dont listen send them packing. We need new faces in dc next year, those who work for us. these are the people who where in charge when the economy went south and just before it did they told us that fanny and freddie where completly sound,and where examples of economic soundness and then the boyyom fell out. its time to clean house,

    September 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. fedupwiththe repubs in Texas

    So classy

    September 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Jeff

    Moron. Should be titled: "How not to Treat your Constituents."

    September 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  18. John C

    sounds like a great reply to me. You can't take people on medicare complaing about government healthcare serious.

    September 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Nate

    And the Republicans are the party of NO? Democrats can't fathom why big government is objected to by so many people!

    September 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  20. joe

    Of course this comment would only be reported in retrospect, as the media would hate to show that their beloved liberal friends are just as capable of making ridiculous comments as their republican counterparts. If it weren't for the youtube clip, the media would have pretended like it never happened. Now, if a republican had said this, it would have been on page one of every paper in America. Shameful...

    September 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  21. Marilyn

    Barney Frank is a joke. I used to be a Democrat, but will never vote for one again. They are toast in 2010, and Obama will be a one-term president.

    September 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  22. victim of republican greed

    Can't wait for the Fox entertainment outrage. By the way, In 2005, Sean Hannity said that anyone who demonstrates against the president is a communist. Then, according to him, it looks like 65,000 commies descended this past weekend, far short of Rush's 2 million. If you want to see what 2 million in Washington looks like, go back to Obama's inauguration.

    September 15, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  23. Massachusetts Republican

    What an idiot...

    September 15, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  24. Rhonda

    While I have always enjoyed Congressman Frank through the years, he needs to make sure he doesn't get caught up in the disrespect that is taking hold of this nation. Just as we need to respect our elected officials, they certainly need to respect their constituents.

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. SY

    Tit for tat

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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