Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick had some harsh words the federal government as he made stops in the western part of the state today.
“It’s embarrassing," said Patrick.
“The Tea Party Republicans are playing a big game with the lives of some little people frankly,” he said. “I think that’s got to end.”
The democrat says this is not a new issue, but it has reached a new level.
“We have had perennial arguments over more than 200 years about what we want government to do or not do,” he said. “But rarely, until today, have we had a question about whether there should be a functioning federal government.”
So what action should be taken?
“No state can get the federal government to function,” Patrick said. “Congress has to get the federal government to function. The majority of members, Republicans and Democrats, in the House and Senate who believe the federal government should function need to stand up to that small number of Tea Party bullies.”
Patrick held a cabinet meeting and made stops in North Adams Friday.