November 6th, 2009
03:35 PM ET
4 years ago

Congressmen exchange partisan jabs over the Yankees

New York Rep. Eliot Engel shows some home town pride.
New York Rep. Eliot Engel shows some home town pride.

Washington (CNN) – New York Democratic congressman took to the House floor Friday morning to congratulate the New York Yankees for winning the World Series. But the discourse quickly turned to partisan attacks.

Democrat Reps. Eliot Engel and Edolphus Towns began the accolades. Engle, who lives in the Bronx, wore a Yankee cap, calling it "a symbol of unity." He said, "I know it is violating rules to put a hat on, but I am going to do it for just two seconds because I think it is really important that I put this on...In Asia, in Africa, in Europe, in the Middle East wherever we go we see people wearing Yankee hats."

But Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz wanted to talk about health care and not baseball. "While the Democrats want to talk baseball we want to talk about health care," he said. "While the New York Yankees are winning the World Series the American families are striking out."

New York Democratic Rep. Jose Serrano fired back at Chaffetz. Serrano accused the Republican of turning the World Series into a partisan issue. "Americans celebrate success and I am positive that there is not a single American in this country, except for some in this House, who would think that what we are doing today is wrong."

Serrano added, "This weekend we will deal with the biggest issue of our times."

Health care or Yankees, New York Democrat Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez took another position.

"I just would like for the record to reflect the fact that I am a Mets fan," she said.


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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Joe Obama

    I am a huge Yankee fan and surely don't want a liberal socialist marxist Democrat to ruit the Brand....the Yankees are Capitalists if you didn't notice so how can a Dumocrat support a team that goes against everything the Dems have been doing.

    George 'The Boss" does not give things away for free...I'm surprised this liberal would want to be associated with capitalism, free markets and success based upon individual effort instead of government "redistribution of talent".

    November 6, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Oregonian

    Repugs are the biggest bunch of whining babies I have ever seen. They can't allow anyone else to have an idea or to enjoy life and since they don't have any of thier own all they do is whine.

    November 6, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Realistic

    @Hannibal Lector: Palin president of the USA...Are you kidding me. She think Africa is a country, she thinks quitting her job as governor is a honorable thing to do. And she didnt want to get out of the limelight, shes all over the news and has a book on the way and thats not getting out of the limelight. Republicans just don't get it and never will. if you said Mitt that might make more sense for an independent like me but Palin, no way. And i guess you would like Vitter as VP, someone who had admitted sleeping with call girls. As stated before, republicans will never get it.

    November 6, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. bess

    and just this morning the House was taking a vote to extend their veteran's day "vacation."

    Dems said Yes
    Reps said No

    which party wants to party?

    November 6, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. yankeegirl15

    I see some douche bag is listening for FUX news again. It isn't even owned by an American.

    November 6, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Dave

    True Fact:

    Ronald Reagan became president in 1981 after Jimmy Carter left him with a very bad economy. One year later, 1982 for those republicans, the unemployment rate was 10.2.

    I know how much you guys love Ronald Reagan, so if his greatness was so good and you like to follow his model of recovery then Obama is right on schedule; and it's not even a year into his recover.

    GREAT JOB MR. PRESIDENT!!!!

    November 6, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. Elmer

    Only the idiots who consider themselves Yankees fans don't get the truth: besides Yankees fans themselves, every other person in the world hates the Yankees!

    November 6, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Jim

    Oh wow, the Republicans are seriously interested in governing now ! Only took 8 years ! Give us all a break Chaffetz. Loser.

    November 6, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  9. Jon

    Why did no one do that for the Philles last year? It is wrong and self serving to do that... He violated house rules and should be punished for it...

    November 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  10. Michael in Orlando

    New Yorkers love to take the stage to distract from the key issues. i grew up there as a kid, but since then have lived throughout this great country, and now I know why so many Americans dislike boastful New Yorkers. it has nothing to do with the Yankees! It's all about a class of people who boast while cheating. NYC has high taxes, but more people living off the government handouts, and they demand more while contributing less. It's a magnet city for illegal aliens that learn the tricks of getting freebies from the taxpayers, and the city doesn't report them as long as they vote Democrat. NYC has more uninsured people living in government housing with food stamps than most cities in the U.S., and the hospitals are forced to stick the tab to the government. And with all the crime in NYC (500 murders a year for the past 20 years), including the criminals in the United Nations, it's no wonder that the Utah rep was not impressed with the theatrics.

    November 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. artie lange

    Dave – did Reagan pass a massive trillion dollar stimulus bill and proclaim that the stimulus bill would prevent unemployment from being greater than 9%? Because the current president did.

    November 6, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  12. Steve

    "A sitting U.S. president could be just months from going to jail and CNN is ignoring it."

    HAHAHAHAHA omg i love that post. Thats glenn beck crazy its so bad. Hey tata mcgee you and the rest of the right wing nutjobs should stop trying to link obama and acorn. You really embarass yourselves.

    November 6, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. PREDICTA

    Uh..under Regan unemployment dropped to 10.2 from 13 when Jimmy Carter was president and the country was spiraling out of control (much like today). Today, it's 10.2 up from 6.8 when Bush was president. Big difference.

    November 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. Mickey

    All this from "the party of morals and ethics"...

    November 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. America is so Angry -Y-

    @Hannibal Lector November 6th, 2009 3:59 pm ET
    . I will be so glad when the jungle beaters are put in their place and Palin is President of the United States I can't wait. At least whether we have partisanship or not will not matter for the Republicans will rule all houses*** YOU LIE***

    November 6, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. kelly

    @Joe Obama
    "I am a huge Yankee fan and surely don't want a liberal socialist marxist Democrat to ruit the Brand....the Yankees are Capitalists if you didn't notice so how can a Dumocrat support a team that goes against everything the Dems have been doing."

    First of all your comment is dumb.....but for the sake of dumbness can you plz answer this question

    HOW CAN THE YANKEES BE CAPITALIST IF HALF OF THE NEW STADIUM WAS PAID FOR WITH TAX PAYER MONEY???????

    November 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Laura in KS

    Wow. How on Earth do you jump to the conclusion that because files were seized from an ACORN office in Louisiana, President Obama could go to jail? That is ridiculous. There is absolutely NOTHING linking that office to President Obama. I read the article on Foxnews.com. You know, only fools jump to conclusions w/ no facts to back them up.

    November 6, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. New Yorker

    I'm a huge Yankee fan, so no thanks to those who called us fans out. 27 BABY! But good for the Utah Republican. Sports should not be thrown into politics. Just another Democratic boggle, seeing too many of those these days. Bush failed in about 7 years, Obama is failing in less than 1 year.

    November 6, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. brenda

    Tata Mcgee@3:53 – Tell me how "a sitting president" could be just months from going to jail? How has he broken the law with ACORN? Are you not jumping to conclusions?

    November 6, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  20. Dennis

    The Yankees are like big govenrment. Can't understand why everybody hates them. What the Yankees have done to baseball in the rea of free agency is unpardonable.

    November 6, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  21. Joe Obama Dumbasrocks

    In the Neo-Moron model of the major leagues, there should be no redistribution of talent?!!! There has been redistribution of talent ever since professional baseball started. The only major obstacle to that redistribution along the way was what you neo-morons call "conservatives" , who didn't want black talent to be re-distributed in the major leagues. Of course these backwards people weren't "conservative" at all, they were just racist rightwingers - just like they are today.

    For a lame-brain birth-bagger to come on here and subject the rest of us to an uninformed rightwing rant about "Yankees are capitalists", "Dumocrats", "liberals", "free markets" is indeed pathetic. The amount of delusion and hypocrisy it takes to be a [R] these days is just absolutely stunning. Man, something has contaminated the rightwing gene pool.

    November 6, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. So Cal Dem

    I don't want to pick the flyscat out of the pepper, but if wearing a cap in the chamber is against the rules, then he shouldn't have done it. If we get to ignore the rules that we don't think are important, then it's hard to fault others for breaking rules that THEY don't think are important–like yelling "you lie" at the president.

    November 6, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. David

    The ignorance of most democrats is appalling. Who cares about this stupid baseball story? We should all be concerned about the fact that the President is nearly a year into his term and has yet to do basically anything. This is the problem with electing a President who is afraid of making a decision.

    November 6, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. Grrr-awful-o

    It's beyond sad how Congress is being run with a democrat majority. We have real problems and real issues to work through and these lazy @sses are wasting our time and spending our money as if, ...well..., it wasn't their own.

    November 6, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  25. Moronic Dimocrat

    We love you Obama!

    November 6, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
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