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. Jonathan

    Um, it was the town hall commenter who brought up peeing, not the congressman. The congressman was only responded to what the town hall guy said.

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. Jose in South Texas

    This hatred is typical of democrats whenever they've spent what little intellect they have.

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  3. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    How much more evidence does the voter need to know that their Government is no longer in the people's control? Both of the major parties are no longer representing "We The People".
    Our government is working for everyone but the people; they are in election mode 100% of the time, accepting money, gifts and favors from the lobbyists, special interest groups,PACs, Wall Street, Banks, global Corporations, auto industry and unions. They could care less what is constitutional, ethical, or what the role of representing the people requires.

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Mississippi Mike

    Is this the rational discussion that Obama called for? Now I'm a big fan of clever insults, of which this is one, but for an elected official to say this to a room full of his constituents, that's pretty stupid. The fall of the Democrats may be just as glorious as their rise. Let's hope so.

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  5. jim

    typical liberal does not care about the people what these politicians do not realize is they are PUBLIC SERVANTS they are supposed to do what the people want not carry out their own agenda no one agrees with

    September 15, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  6. shucks

    Applause, applause, applause. Mr. Stark is exactly right in his response. The opponents at these town hall meeting have been ignorant and disrespectful since they started. I you can't act like an adult without the constant barrage of negatives, then stay home and hold your gun and your bible in your hands and hope you never need public health care, because the likelyhood that you will is probably about 80%. Morons.

    September 15, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. Dave

    Pretty rude, but after seeing some of the filth on the signs at the "tea parties," I'd say the comment was not only appropriate, but accurate. After taking a good long look at them over the weekend, a lot of these "tea partiers" really aren't worth whizzing on. I'm an Independent; I used to vote Republican fairly often, but they've become an embarrassing, theocratic party now.

    Whatever happened to the Republicans who had some concern about their credibility? Are there *nothing* but lunatics left in that party now? The Democrats used to complain about Bush for things he'd actually done, but the Republicans are screaming about Obama for crazy stuff that they think he _could_ do.

    It's sad that civil discourse has dropped to this level, but they started it.

    September 15, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Dimslie

    Pee on the man's leg? Must be something they do in Frank's "alternate lifestyle".

    September 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  9. CAT

    Could it be that Dems are finally growing a backbone. I must be dreaming.

    September 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Bertina

    In both cases the congressmen were justified in the attitude of the constituents.

    September 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Sam Sixpack

    Whatever you do, don't say ACORN.

    September 15, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Eric R

    LOL that is the funniest thing I have heard today! Stark is right, i wouldn't wast the time of day dealing with those ignorant protesters.

    September 15, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Elected By The People For The People!

    This is exactly the attitude that justifies the need for term limits for congress in this country. This Congressman’s comment to a constituent is beyond crossing the line and lacks the respect an elected official should present to the public. The us versus them attitude in congress is overwhelming common in the Good Ole Boy’s Network of Congress and in Big Government. People they are Correct! It’s Us vs. them! "Elected By The People For The People!"
    Show them that at the voting booths! Let them see the error of their ways or in this case How they “Pissed” their careers away!

    September 15, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  14. Kristian

    I strongly disagree with the congressman. The town-hall participant IS worth being peed on. To say otherwise is UnAmerican. I volunteer.

    September 15, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  15. PETE

    keep up the good work rep stark. many of these people have no solutions and don't want any. they just want to stop anything and everything that obama or the dems want to do. you can argue all day whether the ideas will help or not. the bottom line is that they don't care whether it saves lives or helps the economy. they could care less about other people. all that matters is what ist may cost them personally and stopping that big, bad obama.

    September 15, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Roland from Madrid/Spain

    Unfortunately USA, is still ignorant of Universial health care for his citizens. If not for pride, i will ask them to borrow a leaf from europe or Canada.

    America is a King with so many prodigal Sons.

    September 15, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  17. mike

    it is great to see democrats telling the people what they really need to hear and that is to shutup and listen to the truth

    September 15, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  18. ca

    People need to stop and think before making such comments. They leave a bad impression on the public.

    September 15, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Angela in Denver

    The man asked for it. He is probably on medicaid and now want to dictate what goverment should do for the rest of Americans. Good Job Congressman. We need to start fighting fire with fire. It is time to get Raw with some of these wingjobs.

    September 15, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. YOU GO STARK!

    Treat people the way they treat you, the gentle opened the door to being urinated on so Starks just replied. It is sad to see the RACIST, HATEFUL posters about our President. This is not just about Healthcare but about THE COLOR OF THE PRESIDENT. I fear for the Prez and his family. Although he won the truth is comming out that this country is still VERY MUCH AGAINST BLACKS AND ANY OTHER RACE OTHER THAN WHITE. Our freedom of speech gives these RACISTS the right and the truth be known they will do ANYTHING to see to it that this Prez goes down and I fear for him and his family.

    September 15, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. Tommy S.

    Just shows the contempt law makers in general have for the people who pay their salary. We need a total house cleaning in Congress.

    September 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Chris from NC

    Thank God there are still some politicians out there who aren't afraid to say what's on their minds.

    September 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Disgruntled

    Completely sick of these "[Comment] raises eyebrows!" stories on CNN. Either it's news and you should report on it as such, or don't; just stop wasting time pushing these pseudo-scandals.

    In this instance, the questioner raised the "pee" issue, and Stark retorted reasonably wittily. Next story.

    September 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. Moderate Democrat

    Hey, the two congressmen are simply being honest. These windbags aren't worth the air they breathe. It's pathetic beings such as them who have ruined our once great country with their tin foil hat conspiracy theories and unhealthy fixation on keeping america in the dark ages.

    September 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. wondering

    Good for him. The grossness was begun by the lunatics; this guy may not have been yelling but he still had to use a nasty reference. Congressman Stark just played along. Contrasted with the death threats against our President by the "9-12" or "teabag" initiatives, this is nothing.

    September 15, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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