From the NY Post:
That was some temper tantrum the terminally excitable Anthony Weiner threw on the floor of the House of Representatives the other day.
It was a trademark rant on alleged GOP obstructionism on ObamaCare: "The Republican Party is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry -- that's a fact," Weiner declared.
Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.), who -- like every other Republican -- appreciates that his party is no such thing, understandably objected: He asked that Weiner's tirade be stricken from the record.
Weiner sulked for a few seconds and then retracted his words, changing them to: "Every single Republican I've ever met in my entire life is a wholly owned subsidiary of the insurance industry."
And then he stalked off, smirking.
But who owns Weiner?
The unions, for starters. Over the years, according to Federal Election Commission records, he's taken more than $631,000 from just about every Big Labor outfit imaginable.
Or the trial lawyers.
Well, they don't call themselves that anymore -- they're the American Association for Justice. And their political action committee has forked over $43,000 to keep Weiner in Congress.
Or groups like the AMA, the American Hospital Association and lobbying outfits for radiologists, cardiologists, podiatrists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, psychiatrists, pathologists -- even veterinarians. They've been good for $122,500.
Wall Street -- you know, those financial companies that Democrats love to bash -- has kicked in $92,750.
Then there's the home builders' lobby ($22,500), the auto dealers' lobby ($25,000), the Realtors' lobby ($41,000), casino companies ($20,500) and the beer wholesalers ($12,500).
As for the evil insurance industry, Weiner has glommed up at least $20,300 from such companies as John Hancock, Met Life, MONY, New York Life and Prudential, as well as from the American Council of Life Insurers.
Sort of makes you wonder why all these special interests think that Anthony Weiner is so . . . well, special.