November 19, 2005

Congressman 'Opie-Dopie' gets his ears boxed

LAKELAND -- U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam, R-Bartow, was a strong voice in the debate on a controversial budget bill that barely passed in the House on Thursday night.

But he endured withering criticism from Democratic opponents on the floor of the House.

Most dramatic was the dressing-down that Democratic Congressman Marion Berry of Arkansas gave Putnam and others during debate on the bill.

He accused supporters of knowingly hurting the poor and working people.

"I am amazed at you boys over there," Berry said to the Republican side of the House. "I wonder what you are going to be when you grow up."

Then to Putnam in particular: "You can be cute. You can be smart. And you may even pull this off, son. But I tell you one thing, you are young enough that you are going to have to live with it."

Berry is 63, Putnam 31.


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