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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Bad Boys of Capitol Hill

MEDIA MAKES LINK BETWEEN CONGRESSMAN WHO YELLED 'YOU LIE' AND STARK
A funny thing happened after Rep. Joe Wilson rudely yelled "you lie!" at the president last week. The Congressman from the Palmetto State oddly became synonymous with our own Rep. Pete Stark as poster boys for crude behavior in Washington.

Try Googling Stark and Wilson and you will arrive at a treasure trove of articles where journalists provided background to the South Carolina Republican's antics with past Congressmen Behaving Badly. Front and center, unfortunately is the representative from the 13th District. Here's a sampling:

  • CNN.com's Julian E. Zelizer, in a rundown of not-so-great moments in Capitol Hill history, remembers Stark calling Colorado Republican Scott McInnis a "fruitcake" when the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee attempted to have capitol police escort Democrats from a meeting.
  • The conservative blogger Michelle Malkin adds to the tale by saying Stark also called McInnis a "c--ksucker" and said, “Oh, you think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on. Come over here and make me. I dare you."
  • Victor Davis Hanson at the National Review pointed out Stark called President George W. Bush a "liar" and said he was sending troops to Iraq to "get their heads blown off for his amusement" on the House floor (Watch the video here) . Stark was nearly censured for the comment by Rep. John Boehner and Republicans if not for the Democratic majority in the House narrowly stifling the resolution.
It should be noted unlike Wilson, Stark eventually apologized to the president and Congress.
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After a video surfaced two weeks ago of a younger Stark cussing out an documentarian after a sitdown interview and saying, "Get the f--k out or I'll throw you out the window," (Watch the video here.) you would think that one would be hard to follow up on the YouTube cavalcade of infamous videos from the Congressman, but you would be wrong.

Clearly Stark has little taste for hearing his constituents spout their loopy takes on how their country should work; just watch the clips of his Sept. 12 town hall meeting in Fremont. His face is sour and his body language suggest he would rather be preparing for his yearly colonoscopy than listen to these people. If you can get through the obvious conservative rhetoric (the video was posted by The Minutemen, citizens who believe in Draconian anti-immigration policies) and put up with the outrageous misinformation (when in the world did a valid drivers license ever prove citizenship?) then watch the video below.

It's curious that people believe Stark should have stood at the podium and allow people to call him a liar so in many different ways. Unfortunately, Stark's response to the man who says, "Don't pee on my leg and tell it's raining" may be his most bizarre yet. One blogger hilariously mocked the retort by referencing it as Stark's "anointed urine."



-STEVEN TAVARES
(PHOTO CAPTION) Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), left, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), right.
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