Tossed Glass of Wine Hits Nerve in Brazil

Simon Romero – The New York Times, 12/10/2015

Brazil is dealing with a severe economic crisis, reports of a surge in birth defects caused by a mosquito-borne virus and efforts to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

But on Thursday the country’s political elite was obsessed with a squabble during which one of Brazil’s most powerful men insulted one of Brazil’s most powerful women at an event in the capital, Brasília, and got a glass of wine thrown in his face.

The episode unfolded at a lavish dinner party on Wednesday attended by dozens of senators and Vice President Michel Temer. At one point, José Serra, 73, a senator from São Paulo and a leader of the opposition Social Democracy Party, interrupted a discussion among several senators and Kátia Abreu, 53, the agriculture minister, and told her, “Kátia, they say you’re a woman who likes to date a lot,” using a term that could be roughly translated as “man-eater.”

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