Lawmaker Calls Texas 'Crazy,' Cites Dildo Law
Rep. Alcee Hastings lobs verbal bomb at House meeting
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2015 5:08 PM CST
In this May 19, 2010 file photo, Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

(Newser) – A Florida lawmaker says Texas is just plum "crazy"—and he cites a state dildo law to make his point, CNN reports. Rep. Alcee Hastings started the fracas Monday at a House Rules Committee debate when he called Texas "crazy" for rejecting federal health care expansion. Well, Texas Rep. Michael Burgess said the remark was "a very defamatory statement about my state. And I will not stand here and listen to it." The Florida Democrat then suggested that the Republican get up and leave, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I’ve told you what I think about Texas," says Hastings. "I wouldn’t live there for all the tea in China, and that’s how I feel."

The Texas delegates' 25 Republicans demanded an apology the next day, but Hastings chose to further his argument in a CNN interview. "I love Texans, but I do not like their policy makers who are in the majority," he says, citing a Texas law "that you can't shoot bears out of the second floor of a window." He also noted a law in "one of their cities ... that women can only have six dildos, and the certain size of things. And if that ain't crazy I don't know what is." Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry fired back at a gala dinner last night in Washington, saying Hastings "is right," the Dallas Morning News reports. "We’re crazy about jobs. We’re crazy about opportunity," says Perry. "And we’re particularly crazy about the Second Amendment and the 10th Amendment."