President Biden has handed over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be US ambassador to the Vatican — dashing rampant hypothesis in DC that she would take the gig as a step towards retirement.
Biden as an alternative selected as his emissary to Pope Francis former Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill grumbled on Twitter about discuss that the 81-year-old speaker would step apart for the abroad put up.
“It’s not a rumor when you’ve been told repeatedly it’s false,” Hammill tweeted in response to journalist Jake Sherman, who had written that “[t]he rumor that @SpeakerPelosi would be named ambassador to the Vatican can be put to rest.”
Pelosi is a Catholic who typically speaks about her non secular religion, however her stance in favor of abortion rights has stirred controversy amongst pro-life clerics.
San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone stated in May that Pelosi wasn’t entitled to communion as a consequence of her assist of authorized abortion and that “she’s respectful enough not to do anything so provocative.”
Pope Francis final month swatted at conservative church leaders urgent to disclaim Democrats the sacrament. “The pastor knows what to do. In every moment that he leaves the church’s pastoral path he immediately becomes a politician,” he stated.
Although Pelosi’s potential departure was extensively mentioned amongst DC insiders, it was unclear who would have taken her place forward of the 2022 midterms, wherein Democrats face a stiff problem from Republicans as Biden’s recognition plummets.
The different members of the Democratic House management staff embody House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, 82, and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, 81. One rising determine, House Democratic Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), 51, would have been a believable contender.
Democrats have in different circumstances struggled to influence long-serving liberals to make room for youthful replacements.
In a well-known instance, allies of then President Barack Obama tried in useless to influence left-leaning Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down to permit for a youthful alternative — dangling as an incentive an ambassadorship to France.
Walter Dellinger, a former solicitor normal, said that “my suggestion was that the president have Breyer to lunch and say to him, ‘I believe historians will someday say the three greatest American ambassadors to France were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Stephen G. Breyer.’”
Breyer rebuffed the lobbying effort and stays on the Supreme Court. He is now 83.