Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009 | 11:22 a.m.
Rep. Dean Heller criticized the federal stimulus as ineffective and insulted one constituent who stormed out, declaring that the congressman had lost his vote, according to the Nevada Appeal.
At a Carson City Rotary Club meeting Tuesday, Heller asked how many in the room of 70 people had taken advantage of Cash for Clunkers. A man raised his hand, prompting Heller to say: “Congratulations. Everybody else in the room paid for your car.”
The man headed for the door, telling Heller: “I have better things to do than be insulted by a man who hasn't learned anything. I'll never vote for you again.”
“I know I embarrassed someone and I apologize for that, but I don't think everybody has a right to own a new car," Heller said.