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Speaker Pelosi Compares Healthcare Rhetoric to 1970s SF, Milk Murder

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday compared the angry tone of today’s health care fight to the intensity of the gay rights debate in the late 1970s in San Francisco.

Speaking at a press conference, Pelosi actually got choked up, telling reporters she is worried by the anti-obama and anti-government language being used by conservatives opposed to healthcare reform.

Pelosi: “I saw this myself, in the late 70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it gave … it created a climate in which we …… violence took place.”

A spokesman for Pelosi told OutQ News she was speaking specifically about the murders of mayor George Moscone and gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, following a very heated debate about gay rights.

At the time, Pelosi was chairwoman of the Democratic Party for Northern California – and Pelosi’s brother-in-law Ronald had served with Milk and Milk’s killer Dan White on San Francisco’s board of supervisors.

Speaker Pelosi said she hopes right wing leaders can tone down their anti-Obama rhetoric, so as not to incite similar actss of violence.

Pelosi: “So I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, understanding that — that some of the people — the ears it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.”

After Pelosi’s statements, House minority leader John Boehner (BAY-ner) said that if citizens want to enter the debate, they should “do it with civility.”


Written by OutQ News staff

September 17, 2009 at 3:20 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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