When somebody insults the honor of the state of New Jersey, even on Fox TV, Congressman Bill Pascrell
rises to the bait is ready at our defense.
From today’s Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, coverage of yesterday’s TV duel between Pascrell and the yappy Patrick McHenry of North Carolina.
The GOP’s attack dog-in-training, freshman Rep. Patrick McHenry (N.C.), unwittingly took on the entire state of New Jersey on Wednesday when he tried to sink his teeth into Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) on Fox News television.
The two lawmakers were discussing – what else? – the indictment of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R) in Texas when McHenry cut Pascrell off, saying he couldn’t believe a Congressman from New Jersey had the audacity to talk about ethics. Oooohhh. If you know Pascrell, you know what happened next.
As one TV witness said, “He flipped out.” Then Pascrell demanded an apology from McHenry, to all of New Jersey.
“I don’t care about me. I’ll take care of myself,” the tough-talking Pascrell, still fuming, told HOH later. “I told him, ‘You insulted everybody in the state of New Jersey.'”
Pascrell delivered that speech to McHenry when the young lawmaker approached the much larger (and seemingly angrier) Pascrell later on the House floor. “He came up and said, ‘I wanted to see you before you saw me.’ I said, ‘Oh, it’s you.’ He said, ‘Look, I apologize.'”
Easy Congressman. Remember what happened to Alexander Hamilton.