We respect Nancy Pelosi and other reasonable, reliable, honest, decent and pragmatic American politicians in the Netherlands. I read in the Encyclopedia Britannica that Nanci Pelosi (Nancy Patricia D’Alesandro) was born in Baltimore in the state Maryland in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States in a DemocraticItalian-American family. Both her father and mother were Italian Americans. In Wikipedia I read that since before the Civil War, Maryland's elections have been largely controlled by the Democrats, which account for 54.9% of all registered voters as of May 2017. So Nancy did not only grew up in a Democratic household and a Democratic environment, but also in a democratic state.
A 20-year-old Nancy Pelosi and John F. Kennedy.
Nancy said about her own Italian background the following when she addressed the Italian Chamber of Deputies as part of an official delegation visit to Rome (Italy) in February 16, 2009:
"My family's background is as diverse as the map of Italy, with grandparents and great-grandparents born in Abruzzi, Venice, Genoa, Campobasso and Sicily. My husband, Paul's, father was born in Potenza and his mother in Tuscany."
Nancy's father Thomas Ludwig John D'Alesandro Jr. (August 1, 1903 – August 23, 1987), was a politician and New Deal Democrat—studied political science at Trinity College in Washington, D.C., graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1962. D'Alesandro was a U.S. Representative from Maryland's 3rd congressional district (1939–47) and subsequently the mayor of Baltimore, Maryland (1947–59). According to wikipedia Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. was not what you would call a flaming liberal, but he was a progressive.
Nancy Pelosi's father Thomas Ludwig John D'Alesandro Jr.
Encyclopedia Britannica: "Beginning in the 20th century, Maryland elections, although free of the intimidation, poll tax, and other impediments to enfranchisement that were practiced in some places in the South, were often dominated by machine politics. The larger group of voters consistently has registered as Democrats, and the Democratic Party usually, but not always, has dominatedelections. A Republican nominee can expect to do well in the western counties, one or two southern enclaves, the Eastern Shore, and some affluent parts of suburban Maryland. Baltimore, with its party-boss tradition, is a Democratic stronghold."
Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Francis Pelosi Sr. (born April 15, 1940) is an American businessman who owns and operates Financial Leasing Services, Inc., a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital investment and consulting firm. Pelosi was born in San Francisco. He sits on many philanthropic and corporate boards. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service at Georgetown University and has studied at the Stern School of Business at New York University and the Harvard Business School. He has been the chair of the Foreign Service Board at Georgetown since 2009.
Nancy Pelosi and Paul Pelosi
Pelosi started as a volunteer Democratic organizer in 1969 in San Francisco.
Earning a reputation as a highly effective fund-raiser, she rose through the ranks, serving on the Democratic National Committee and as chair of both the California Democratic Party (1981–83) and the host committee for the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco. Along the way, Pelosi befriended longtime U.S. Rep. Phil Burton. Burton died in 1983 and was succeeded by his wife, Sala, who, shortly before her death in 1987, urged Pelosi to run for the seat. She narrowly won a special election and was reelected in 1988 to a full term. Pelosi easily won subsequent elections in her overwhelmingly Democratic district.
Nancy Pelosi in her role as head of the Democratic National CommitteeÕs San Francisco host committee, March 25, 1984. She was preparing for the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, slated for July that year. UPI photo by Aileen Davidson.
Pelosi speaks during a press conference on Feb. 12, 1987
Pelosi developed a reputation as a shrewd politician, and she steadily rose within the party, becoming minority whip in 2002. Later that year she was elected minority leader, and, when she took office in 2003, she became the first woman to lead a party in Congress. Using what she referred to as her “mother of five” voice, Pelosi began pushing for unity among the diverse factions within her party by embracing conservatives and moderates. Still, Pelosi continued to vote consistently in favour of such liberal causes as gun control and abortion rights, opposed welfare reform, and cast a vote against the Iraq War. Her criticism of Pres. George W. Bush could be harsh; she once characterized him as an “incompetent leader.” Her critics in turn claimed that her “left coast,” left-wing politics put her out of touch with most of the country.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi congratulating new U.S. citizens. Office of U.S. House of Representative Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Following the midterm elections in November 2006, the Democrats gained a majority in the House of Representatives. On January 4, 2007, Pelosi was elected speaker of the House of the 110th Congress. After DemocratBarack Obama assumed the presidency in 2009, Pelosi was a vocal supporter of many of his policies, helping to shepherd through his $787 billion stimulus package in February 2009 and playing an instrumental role in the more-than-yearlong effort to secure health care reform, which ultimately passed in March 2010. The historic billextendedhealth care to some 30 million previously uninsured Americans and prohibited insurers from denying coverage to those with preexisting conditions.
Barack Obama with Nancy Pelosi in the White House - 2011
Pelosi’s popularity declined, however, as the economy continued to struggle and as opposition to legislation she had championed—notably health care reform and the stimulus package—increased. In the lead-up to the 2010 midterm elections, she became a target of Republican attacks and a rallying point for Tea Partiers, who were keen to turn the elections into a referendum on the Democratic agenda. The Democrats fared poorly in the November elections and lost control of the House. Despite calls for new party leadership, Pelosi was elected to serve as minority leader in the next Congress. She continued in that post as Democratsfailed to regain control ofthe House in several subsequent elections. Their lackluster electoral performance, especially with working-class voters, lead to unrest among House Democrats, and, after RepublicanDonald Trump was elected president in 2016, Tim Ryan from Ohio challenged Pelosi for minority leader. Pelosi ultimately prevailed.
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) takes the gavel from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) after being elected House speaker at the Capitol in Washington
The 2018 midterm elections saw a massive resurgence for the Democrats as they regained control of the House. As calls continued for leadership changes, Pelosi made various concessions, notably accepting term limits, and in January 2019 she was officially elected speaker, becoming the first person in more than 60 years to serve nonconsecutive terms in the post. Pelosi’s political skills were also on display as she dealt with a government shutdown that had begun in late December. At issue was funding for a border wall, one of Trump’s key campaign pledges. Pelosi united her party in opposition to the president, who vowed to keep the government closed until he received billions for the proposed wall. Citing security concerns, Pelosi refused to allow Trump to hold the annual State of the Union in the House chambers while the government was closed. In late January Trump finally agreed to end the shutdown, which was the longest to date, even though he had failed to secure the necessary funding. Pelosi drew particular praise for her handling of the situation.
The ‘Pelosi Clap’: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, right, and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, applaud U.S. President Donald Trump during a State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
Pieter, I also looked at Nancy's personal history. Her father as a politician, she was the only daughter and had 5 kids one after another. She had to be very disciplined to be able to keep her household together and the career, quite different than Trump - a richy rich having children with three different women (at least legal ones). Italian and Polish women have a reputation of very hard working women in the US.
This story is very sad and maybe it would give some people the pause about how easily the information can be falsified