Brownie to Rep: ‘Just bite me’

Former FEMA boss Michael Brown, the one President George W. Bush said was doing "a heck of a job" just days before he fired him, is trading barbs now with a U.S. Congressman.

Writes Jerry Mitchell in the Jackson (MS) Clarion Ledger:

Former Federal Emergency Management Agency head Michael Brown is calling U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor “a little twerp” in a new interview.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Taylor criticized Brown’s inability to relate to the devastation suffering by Mississippians and others on the Gulf Coast.

Playboy magazine has released excerpts from that interview, quoting Brown as saying of Taylor: “That congressman, that little twerp, said I didn’t understand suffering. He said I didn’t understand the death and suffering that was going on. As I told him, I’ve seen death and suffering. I’ve smelled death.

“I smelled death in the tsunami. I know what it’s like to lose close friends in disasters. You don’t know how many people I’ve hugged as FEMA director — rich people, poor people, all ethnicities, people who lost everything. People who didn’t think it was going to happen to them. For that little twerp to claim I didn’t understand death and suffering — he can just bite me, for all I care.”

Taylor responded today with a few shots of his own at Brown:

“Michael Brown should consider himself a lucky man. Had I known before the hearing that he was up in Baton Rouge ordering steaks on his government credit card at the same time the people of South Mississippi were resorting to police-sanctioned looting to feed themselves, I would have done more than just verbally kick his butt.

“Brown is an incompetent fool, and everyone in south Mississippi knows it.”