September 15th, 2009
03:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Congressman says some people aren't worth peeing on

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. NJ Pilot

    Seemed like a fair response to a baiting comment.

    I mean if someone makes the insulting comment, not to "pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." should we expect Representative Stark to beg for understanding?

    Tempest in a teapot.

    September 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. jwtrexler

    How true this is. It is so sad at how nasty the right a become.

    September 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. Kevin Wade

    The "don't pee on my leg and tell me its raining" comment has been making the rounds as a commonly used catch phrase for the right. They shouldn't be surprised that someone is going to be at the ready with a similarly idiotic comeback.

    September 15, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Randolph Carter, rammin' reform down the throat of the sleeping giant

    Why won't Glenn Beck release the long form police report? Why has he retained a lawyer if he hasn't done anything wrong? Why hasn't he just come out and denied the rumors? What is he hiding? Have a nice day!

    September 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. j

    I`m still waiting for some of those "socialism haters" to gain my attention and respect by tearing up their social security and medicare cares -- I cannot stand hipocrites

    September 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. Peoples Voice

    It's about time the Demns started to fight fire with fire. These un-American, hateful and ignorant protester have over stayed their welcome in this country.

    It's time to take back the debate from these sour grape losers..

    September 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Melissa

    Its about time someone told these idiot protestering uneducated fear mongers how stupid they're being. Go Stark.

    September 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. Honest AB

    It's about time they start giving these clowns the foolish answers they deserve, because this has become a mockery and disgrace to this country. I just don't understand where in the world was all these people when this country started going down the toilet eight years ago? Where were they? I forgot we had a different person in office. It really makes you wonder people, who are you really talking too, can our african and hispanic soldiers trust the others they go to war with, can you really trust your boss, can you really trust your teachers, can you really trust your babysitter? I know you can't trust some in the school system, that has been proven already. This country is determine to be Hell bound. Maybe Ben Laden is right, not that I agree with how he handled his frustration with America, but America is wicked and evil and it destroys any and everything it touches. We must face facts, this is not a godly country.

    September 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Randell

    my problem with government controlled ANYTHING has to do with the FACT that they suck at running it. Its the nature of the beast. for a politician to respond that way doesnt shock me anymore. any politician with over 12 years in wahsington should be voted out. the whole system is boken and fresh blood every so often is what will fix it. or out and out bloody revolution in the streets. its up to us to decide.

    September 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. TiredofDem

    Is Congress going to vote to rebuke them? No, probably not. Dems are exempt from accountibility.

    September 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Gary D.

    Brilliant comeback for an obnoxious member of the crowd!

    September 15, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  12. stan

    the democrats are so blind,all they have to do is involve illegal immigration in the health care reform,because the gop is scared to death of talking about illegal immigration,the gop wants the media to think they care about it,but in reality their scared to death,because the they no if the latino in asian cummunities vote the way black people vote,it would be the end of the republican party because 92% of the people who vote for republicans are white,compare to only 59% for democrats,if minority voters give obama 90% of their vote obama would have to get only 34% of the white vote in 2012,in the gop nominee would have to get 67% of the white vote to even tie obama,for example obama got 80% of the minority vote and only 43% of the white vote in won very easily,the gop got 57% of the white vote in still got killed,because the gop could only get 18% of the minority vote,the democrats dont see this major problem the gop is facing,so all the democrats have to do is bring immigration into the health care topic,in beleive me the gop will back down immediatly,the healthcare bill will pass with republican support,but the democrats are to blind not to see this.

    September 15, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. concerned voter

    The video clearly shows the other guy talking about urine before the democrat, and the dem simply says not to worry that he wouldn't waste his time. I hate these title's and how they take everything so out of context, this is why people hate the media in this country so much but it's all we have because not many in the media are truly honest, and they'll spin everything just like this article is trying to do.

    September 15, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. Enough of the Whining

    That was funny. Don't take smack from these guys anymore Barney. The neo-cons can get away with it. Stand up to these buffoons.

    September 15, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. TJ

    This is priceless! I love it! Yeah for Peter Starks,what a great American !

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Don M.

    Awesome. Its about time.

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  17. Sam I Am

    So, a guy makes a snide remark, the Congressman responds in kind, and everyone (well neo-conservatives, anyway) are upset? I guess they can dish it out, but can't take it. That's no surpise.

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Kim

    Good for Stark. The participant could have used another analogy. If he can dish it out, he should be able to take it.

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  19. zago

    I watch the clip, and fail to see the controversy. The gentleman asked a great question and at the end he asked the congressman not to pee on his leg. He destroyed the question by saying something nonsense. Thus, he got the appropriate answer. There is nothing wrong for the congressman to tell him that I would not dignify you by peeing on your leg. If a constituent is ready to give anything to their elected officials, they need to be ready to receive anything back from them. Being an elected official does not mean losing your emotion and your personality. The constituents get to be respectful too.

    September 15, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  20. disgusted

    Good grief! I wouldn't give you a dime for the whole lot of these spoiled children we have in congress. No incumbents. Vote third party.

    September 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  21. Mike

    And the utter contempt by our elected officials towards their constiuints continues, sigh.....

    September 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  22. IndyVoter

    Don't start anything you can't finished. The participant should have made his point and sat down. Instead he had to add, for effect, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me its raining"...Well, if you are going to accuse someone of peeing on your leg, then you had better be prepared for their response. Rep. Stark's response was appropriate. Since the man wanted to use metaphors, Rep. Stark used the same metaphor to convey his response. We use to say, "Don't start none, won't be none".

    September 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. Vietnam Combat Veteran, Ohio

    Good for you Pete! I wouldn't waste a drop of Pi_ _ on them either.

    September 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. once upon a horse

    gosh and this is just coming out NOW? Sounds like something a Republican tea bagger would say.

    September 15, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Change_Has_Begun

    Perfect answer to a pathetic question.

    September 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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