Congressman loses it

A hallway encounter with the mother of a Marine turns ugly.

Published March 12, 2007 12:54PM (EDT)

When Tina Richards, the mother of a Marine and anti-war protester, questioned Rep. David Obey, D-Wisc., in the halls of Congress last week, he really let her have it -- then stormed off into an office. And it was all captured on tape. Obey, who supports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's supplemental spending bill that would pull U.S. troops out of Iraq by Aug. 31, 2008. "We're trying to use the supplemental to end the war," Obey stormed, later adding, "It's time these idiot liberals understood that!" Later, when another war protester also starts questioning Obey, he says: "That bill ends the war! If that isn't good enough for you, you're smoking something illegal."

By Kerry Lauerman

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