Video: Pete Stark doesn’t waste his urine

Maybe you were there, maybe you’ve seen on CNN, but if not: Here’s the video of House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Pete Stark at his town hall meeting on health care reform this past weekend in Fremont. At about a minute and 35 seconds in, a man tells Stark, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining,” and Stark replies doing so “wouldn’t be worth wasting the urine.”

Stark has never been one to back down when challenged. What do you think: Was he provoked? Was it just another moment of Pete Stark being Pete Stark? Was it over the line?

Oh, and please watch the whole clip, not just the incendiary quip – there are lots of interesting perspectives throughout, and lots more context for judging Stark’s behavior. And when you see the captions pop up every now and then, keep in mind that this was uploaded to YouTube by the Golden Gate Minutemen.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • John W

    Another Medicare beneficiary huffing and puffing about government-run health care. Classic Pete Stark. He’s definitely on the abrasive side, but appropriately so in this case.

  • BJD

    I love it. Brash and brassy, but how could you not be such?

  • ulno13

    The headline here is classic journalistic malfeasance, actually bordering on libel.

    No doubt that the Mr Richman has abandoned his 2007 claim of “speaking truth to power” to instead prop opp doddering old tyrants. Well done, Mr Richman! Himmler would be proud.

  • ulno13

    And what? No story on ACORN yet? Doesn’t exist, no? “I can’t hear you, la la la la”.

  • Josh Richman

    Ah, so Ulno feels Stark’s behavior was over the line (or that my headline wasn’t funny), but feels it’s OK to liken me to a Nazi. Got it; thanks for weighing in.

  • Allen Payton

    I’m not a fan of Stark’s positions on the issues. But, at least he was brave enough to hold an in-person, town hall meeting on health care, unlike George Miller and Jerry McNerney. Since I don’t have a member of Congress, right now, with the resignation of Ellen Tauscher, guess I’ll have to rely on Stark if I want to talk face to face with a Congress member in the East Bay.

  • Tom Benigno

    Concerned :
    Who is this grey haired fellow? He got his 30 seconds of fame.

  • TheVoice

    Borders on Libel.. Get real now, no where close.

    Stark is yesterdays Politics, need change and more statesman behavior.

    Acorn.. video doesn’t look good for agency, should be investigated to see if that is the only area of questionable advice or tactics.

    Obama on fines for non-insured in broad insurance overhaul…. Not a tax to burden the people for others responsibility. Then states that all must have insurance to even out the burden for insurance for all.

    Which is it, a burden to share or not a burden to share.