Attention, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi: Folks in the old country aren’t terribly satisfied that you are “a Baltimore sports fan as my second team.”
The California Democrat, who was born and raised in Baltimore but has lived in and represented San Francisco for decades, has tried to stay above the fray in the friendly skirmishes that abound in Congress over who will be victorious in Sunday’s Super Bowl, which pits the Baltimore Ravens against the San Francisco 49ers.
California and Maryland senators have bet each other adult beverages, local eats, and a can of hairspray, over the outcome of the big game. But when Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland broached the subject of a friendly wager with Pelosi, she demurred. “I am rooting for the 49ers, I am not rooting against Baltimore,” she told curious Capitol Hill reporters last week.
But that, as well as her statement at the same news conference that Baltimore is her “second team” isn’t cutting it with the Baltimore football blog russellstreetreport, which is taking the former Nancy D’Alesandro to task for forsaking “her roots.”
In a post titled, “Nancy Pelosi forgets her roots, cheers for 49ers,” russellstreetreport blogger Wola Odeniran writes: “I don’t care who you are, if you root for the opponent under these circumstances, you better keep it quiet.”
Harsh words for the woman whose father and brother both served as mayor of Baltimore and whose political legacy lives on there.