November 6th, 2009
03:35 PM ET
10 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. PAUL W.

    The GOP had several years to talk about Health Care while they controlled the House, the Senate and the White House. Then, they were only interested in turning over tax payer dollars to drug companies, and the Oil Industry, including Holliburton, while freeing up the financial markets to pursue fast cash while leaving the world economy exposed to the risk of another Great Depression. I'm sorry boys and girls, but you can shove your false earnestness up your collective asses.

    November 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. george from alaska

    the david letterman flap concerning a yankee's player and palin's daughter is an example that should send chills down the spine of any intelligent american. here is a woman with no marketable skills that rose to prominence via lying and manipulation who used her newly garnered (and totally undeserved) position to try and destroy one of america's favorite media personalities. hitler is proud of her in hell and is looking forward to meeting her!

    November 6, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  3. The Other Michael in Houston

    Wow the Repukes want to talk healthcare. Since when???? Oh Michael, no you are the idiot. As a matter fact Michael, who is your Health Insurance provider. How much do you pay a month? You probably do not have health insurance like the rest of you anti healthcare reform nutcases. I know you got some relatives on Medicare, tell them to get off and buy private insurance, by all means, Medicare is government ran health insurance. Oh that's right, they cant afford private healthcare which is why they are on Medicare. And for the last time teabaggers, it's an option not a mandate. I like my Health Insurance coverage, so I will keep my policy, see how easy that is.

    November 6, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Jean

    "Just a couple of minutes.' to wear a Yankee Cap. Are you people serious with your condemnation? Republicans need to take a hike and never return.
    They won the World Series!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't like the Yankees but they won fair and square and HAVE SOME RESPECT FOR THE USA'S FAMOUS PAST TIME.
    Republicans have ZERO respect for anyone outside of their own party and they are idiots. Just go away.

    November 6, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  5. Ryan

    I see the stupid ultra-conservatives are twisting the story again. House members, both Democrat and Republican, take the Chamber floor every day to recognize important goings-on, like the death of an imporant individual, an anniversary, or Veterans Day. It's common practice, and only takes a minute of time, until someone like the Utah Republican wants to make a partisan issue of it. Everyone quit your whining.

    November 6, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  6. Objective Thinking

    Thanks Republicans for standing up for American families while Democrats are celebrating in the midst of a recession.

    November 6, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Jayson

    Rep. Jose Serrano also probably thought that the American people though that all the time wasted holding hearings on steroid use among professional athletes was much more important then dealing with pressing issues effecting the average American. In case the politicians didn't notice they were elected to go to Washington and do a job, not talk about how proud they are of their sports team. Last time I checked the economy in New York was a wreck and a few moments pleasure from your team winning the World Series won't make those types of issues just disappear....

    November 6, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Objective Thinking

    For you people calling Cheffetz a hypocrite who "had 8 years to talk about Healthcare", Chaffetz is a freshman Congressman and wasn't in Congress during those 8 years. As soon as he got elected, he has hit the ground running. So please, keep the hate to yourself. Would you rather he NOT talk about Healthcare?

    November 6, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  9. Shawn

    Republicans are so dumb. If they want to talk about healthcare, why don't they come up with know...IDEAS on how to fix our disgracefully broken and immoral system and stop bowing to their masters in the insurance lobby? Cowards, hypocrites and morally bankrupt America haters. That's all they are now.

    November 6, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
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