John Hart, a spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said that “on its face it appears to be a conflict of interest.”
Pelosi’s project was part of the $15 billion Water Resources Development Act that passed the House April 19 by 394-25 and pays for hundreds of projects around the country.
Pelosi’s measure would authorize $25 million to improve San Francisco port areas, and also would put some areas off limits to navigation so cruise ships could dock.
Her investor husband gets rental income from four buildings in a nearby commercial district.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said that she added the projects to the bill at the request of the Port of San Francisco and that her husband’s holdings were not a consideration. It’s “speculative at best” that they would benefit, Hammill said.
“This is another baseless attack from a Republican minority seeking to distract from real issues of the day,” said Hammill.
Since Pelosi became speaker in January, Republicans have sought to stir controversy over the size of the plane she uses to fly to California, wages paid by a tuna cannery owned by a company headquartered in her district, and her use of C-SPAN footage on her blog.
There is something so completey indecent about Liberals — as here — denigrating Republicans for “minority” status. Utterly and completely indecent, because it reveals the underlying condescension that characterises Liberal perspectives as to the “little people” they so utterly disdain.
If Pelosi (and husband) have no conflict of interest, then establish that. The smoke and mirror snobby response, however, encourages curiosity if not doubts about Pelosi’s (and husband’s) motives and intents.
And, it’s shocking (but not surprising) to read Reuters’ underplay the “criticism” about Pelosi’s plane demands, what with Pelosi’s demands having been quite so excessive and presumptuous upon the taxpayers, as, also, upon the time and patience of everyone required to service her excesses in office.
Pelosi demanded a larger-than-provided aircraft (smaller planes worked fine for previous Speakers of the House), an expensive and luxurious (private) plane to carry her and her family to and from D.C. and San Francisco (among wherever else she deemed to fly on taxpayer dollars, and, without any flight stops along the way, and, this luxurious craft available to Pelosi and her family on notice, which means being ready and waiting 24/7 for Pelosi’s call to immediate flight — moreoreless Pelosi demanded the equivalent service that is provided to the President of the United States based upon Pelosi’s determination that she didn’t like what was provided to her otherwise).
These are excessive and self-indulgent uses of public funds and resources and reflect a privileged and callous presumption upon the public (and others required to be in service in these regards) to suit the tastes and fancies of one individual in public office.
I hope that Harry Reid and Ted Kennedy are investigated also, (although I would not anticipate that Reuters will jump on that “minority” bandwagon), along with ongoing closer looks at Dianne Feinstein (and husband) (Reuters again not within the anticipated participants).
Oh, us pesky “minority,” daring to look at the receipts, asking how the bills are paid and to and by whom.