Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Nader says Watt hurled f-word at him
http://www.charlotte.com ^

Posted on 07/14/2004 8:06:35 AM PDT by Stew Padasso

Nader says Watt hurled f-word at him

Spokeswoman says lawmaker didn't swear

TIM FUNK

Observer Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON - Ralph Nader says Rep. Mel Watt used the f-word during an "outburst" against him last month and, on Tuesday, the independent presidential candidate said he's asked for an apology.

Watt, a six-term Democrat from Charlotte, would not personally comment on the charge Tuesday, but his spokeswoman denied that he used the obscenity and called Nader's charge that he did "a fabrication."

This is the second time in less than a month that a politician in Washington has been accused of using the f-word during a heated exchange. But Vice President Dick Cheney admitted and defended his vulgarity. Senators and aides heard Cheney tell Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to "F--- yourself."

Nader's charge against Watt, made in a letter he sent Tuesday to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., stems from a tense meeting Nader had with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on June 22. Cummings chairs the group, and Watt is a member.

After that meeting, Nader and Watt sparred in separate national radio interviews. Nader charged at the time that Watt -- he referred to him as "Watts" -- had used "abusive language" in arguing against a presidential bid that many Democrats fear will take votes away from Democratic Sen. John Kerry and help re-elect President Bush.

Watt answered those charges by going on National Public Radio. "I told him he was arrogant and that this whole presidential bid was essentially an ego trip," Watt later told the Observer. "I didn't think I was being abusive at all. I was honest with him."

On Tuesday, Nader resurrected the controversy by charging in his letter to Cummings that Watt had engaged in racism and had used the f-word and that he, Nader, was requesting an apology from Watt.

In the letter, Nader wrote that his meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus ended "with the obscene racist epithet repeated twice by Yale Law School alumnus Congressman Melvin Watt of North Carolina." Then, at the bottom of the letter, Nader attached what he says "are the exact words of Congressman Watt's loud remarks, as heard by all in the meeting room without anyone admonishing him."

The alleged remarks:

"Congressman Watt: You're just another arrogant white man -- telling us what we can do -- it's all about your ego -- another f *** ing arrogant white man."

Asked Tuesday whether Watt used the f-word, his House spokeswoman, Melissa Williamson, said, "No, he did not. He wanted to make sure his staff knew that he did not cuss at all. That's a fabrication."

That denial brought more strong words from Nader.

"He said it, shouting. It reflects on his character," Nader told the Observer. "If he didn't say it, would he be hiding behind a spokeswoman? ... I was stunned (to hear Watt say it) -- a man of his accomplishments has to resort to those kind of obscene epithets? He should argue the case -- he's a lawyer. This was an eruption and I want to put a stop to it. He's not going to play the race card with me."

Cummings could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But Candice Tolliver, spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus, said she attended the meeting with Nader "and I did not hear that (f-word from Watt). Unequivocally, I did not hear that. Mel Watt did not say that."

Nader's spokesman, Kevin Zeese, said he was equally sure he did hear it and sent the Observer an e-mail with notes he said he took during the meeting. "I'm glad he's too embarrassed to admit it," Zeese said about Watt.

The Nader group tried to tape-record the meeting, but members of the caucus objected.

Williamson said Watt plans no apology to Nader.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: cbc; fword; melwatt; nader; profanity

1 posted on 07/14/2004 8:06:41 AM PDT by Stew Padasso
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

"Congressman Watt: You're just another arrogant white man -- telling us what we can do -- it's all about your ego -- another f *** ing arrogant white man."

And of course Watt is a Saint.


2 posted on 07/14/2004 8:07:46 AM PDT by Stew Padasso ("That boy is nuttier than a squirrel turd.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

This will certainly get as much press coverage as Cheney's remark to Leahy.

< / sarcasm>


3 posted on 07/14/2004 8:08:13 AM PDT by ambrose
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
another f *** ing arrogant white man.

f-a-r-m-i-n-g ???

4 posted on 07/14/2004 8:10:38 AM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

Nader has got to be all wet. I cannot imagine a Dim using language like that. That type of language is only used by mean-spirited Republicans like Cheney...


5 posted on 07/14/2004 8:17:52 AM PDT by NCjim
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
Watt vs. Nader

6 posted on 07/14/2004 8:22:19 AM PDT by evets (God bless president George W. Bush)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
Ralph, Ralph, you dumb twit, you! Don't you know that no one cares about use of the "F" word if it isn't a Republican! Same as with the "N" word, Ralph, no one cares unless it is a white Republican!

Ralph, as much as I believe in the importance of your candidacy in November, you must pick your issues more carefully. The brave opportunity that you provide to allow liberals, like me, a nuanced and real choice in November might be squandered if they realize that you are approaching senility.

7 posted on 07/14/2004 8:24:06 AM PDT by Tacis (,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NCjim

Yep. Dems just don't talk that way. Nader must be a liar.


8 posted on 07/14/2004 8:24:25 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Kerry has a Carter Plan. Bush has a Reagan Plan. You choose which is your plan.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: evets

Christ on a crutch, Nader looks like 10,000 miles of BAD ROAD and me on a hardtail Harley! I wouldn't vote him for the neighborhood turd scooper!


9 posted on 07/14/2004 8:25:45 AM PDT by gunnygail (Remember, 1 Oct 04, Libtard Hunting Season OPENS!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
Watt, a six-term Democrat from Charlotte, would not personally comment on the charge Tuesday, but his spokeswoman denied that he used the obscenity and called Nader's charge that he did "a fabrication."

Watt, commenting later, said "How dare that f'ing moron Nader accuse me of "f-bombing" him! I didn't do it, but I f'ing wish I had...f'ing lying sack of s**t."

10 posted on 07/14/2004 8:26:24 AM PDT by Ancesthntr
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Izzy Dunne
f-a-r-m-i-n-g ???

I'd guess F-A-I-L-I-N-G.

11 posted on 07/14/2004 8:27:08 AM PDT by kevkrom (My handle is "kevkrom", and I approved this post.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

"Senators and aides heard Cheney tell Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., to "F--- yourself."

Being from Wyoming I do know that both great and small will call a duck a duck, if it waddles, quacks, and looks like a duck, then it is a duck. And that creep Leahy is a ducking duck. I for one am very proud of our VP


12 posted on 07/14/2004 8:28:59 AM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
Of course, Ralph had also better be careful about offending Rep. Elijah Cummings. The media has covered this up almost perfectly and has concealed the facts from everyone, but Cummings is supported by devine power.

It was Cummings who wore white gloves while he carried the sacred crown and walked six paces behind at the Washington coronation of Emperor/Savior Rev. Moon. So, Ralph, Eli has friends in high places.

The coronation is another story that the ultra-left wing media has covered up. Cummings was mentioned at first but not any more. They also said that, because the Sacred Coronation was held in a Senate space, a US Senator must have signed off on the initial request. This Senator, to my knowledge, has not been identified. That clearly means that it was a dem and his identity is being intentionally concealed. If it had been a Republican, the fact, long ago, would have been leaked to the media and, of course, published.

13 posted on 07/14/2004 8:30:54 AM PDT by Tacis (,)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
"This was an eruption and I want to put a stop to it. He's not going to play the race card with me."

Awwwww Ralphie, he already has.

14 posted on 07/14/2004 8:32:52 AM PDT by fuzzthatwuz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

"Congressman Watt: You're just another arrogant white man -- telling us what we can do -- it's all about your ego -- another f *** ing arrogant white man."

That is it, I am sick and tired of not having a "White Jesse Jackson" who can lay down the racist smack on blacks for us beige folks.

Down with black racism. Say it Loud, I'm Beige And I'm Proud!


15 posted on 07/14/2004 8:35:23 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Izzy Dunne
"another f *** ing arrogant white man."

"f-a-r-m-i-n-g ???"

No, farting. How do blacks get away with these insulting remarks while making fun of my flatulence.
16 posted on 07/14/2004 8:37:38 AM PDT by gathersnomoss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

Since Watt was not bright enough to support his position he was left with nothing other than obscenities and name calling. He proved himself to be a crude and lacking in social skills. I also disapproved Cheney's use of the word.


17 posted on 07/14/2004 8:38:07 AM PDT by Dante3
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: gathersnomoss

Watt's an idiot and an ass.

Doesn't he come from a gerrymandered district just like Corinne Brown?


18 posted on 07/14/2004 8:39:59 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Whoever lights the torch of war in Europe can wish for nothing but chaos - Adolf Hitler)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

It's a f***ing epidemic, I tell you!


19 posted on 07/14/2004 8:43:02 AM PDT by j_tull ("I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

GASP

Ralph, that guy Watt has some F'ng nerve. F him.


20 posted on 07/14/2004 8:47:47 AM PDT by Stag
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso
Congressman Watt, and the Dems, know they are losing on all levels. They are bringing out the full arsenal: The f-word. lol. And all it took was VP Cheney to be really mad. "We" crossed into standard Dem "political turf" with the VP Cheney move, and the Libs are PACKING HEAT in order to preserve their exclusive right to the F-word.

The exquisite irony here? Dem/Libs assert that the exlusive mantra of evil America is that we effectively (through our "military and imperialism") tell the world F-U, and that is evil! Methinks the beast is catching itself in its own web...

21 posted on 07/14/2004 9:06:36 AM PDT by Alia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Stew Padasso

Want to ensure Ralph Nader gets on the ballot in your state? Go to:

http://www.votenader.org/

Check out the upper left hand corner of the page.

Help them with their petition drive in your state if applicable. At the very least sign their petition. Really want to have some fun, circulate a petition around among friends and family.

Let’s support democracy. Get Ralph on the ballot in as many states as possible.


22 posted on 07/17/2004 6:42:45 AM PDT by schaketo (Never skinny dip in the same pond as snapping turtles.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson