Those Are Fighting Words in These Parts

Nobody puts the Stinking Rose in a corner

By Lori Preuitt
|  Friday, Oct 2, 2009  |  Updated 4:39 PM PDT
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Something didn't smell right in the Bay Area when House Minority Leader John Boehner dared to use garlic in the very public fight over health care reform.

Before you could hit the Tivo button to hear it a second time, South Bay Congressman Mike Honda jumped into action in defense of the stinking rose.

Here's the quote that folks in Gilroy say simply stinks: "I’m still trying to find the first American to talk to who is in favor of the public option,” Boehner said Thursday. "This is about as unpopular as a garlic milkshake."

Boehner clearly is not aware that hundreds of people around these parts line up by the dozens just to try a taste of garlic ice cream every year at Christmas Hill Park.

Honda turned the phrase into some political theater Frida
y, showing up at Boehner's office with some of Gilroy's finest in tow.

A member of his staff said, "We like garlic" when told of the coming delivery.

Honda also brought along a limerick, which was posted by SFGATE's political Blog:
"Two things make for a strong healthy heart.

Gilroy garlic, for one, A good start

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