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Pelosi sings praises of Adam Yauch, aka MCA

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, issued this statement today about Adam Yauch, a rapper, songwriter and founding member of the Beastie Boys often known as MCA, who died yesterday at age 47:

“As an artist, Adam Yauch changed the course of music; as a humanitarian, he changed lives. He was a creative genius who used his powerful platform and celebrity to address the cause of human rights for the people of Tibet. Adam Yauch was devotee of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and an agent of change.

“Adam Yauch’s concerts raised awareness on campuses across the country; what a beautiful sight it was in 1996, when he drew 100,000 people to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for a concert to benefit the cause of freedom in Tibet. His knowledge of issues and his activism were deeply rooted in his values.

“I hope it is a comfort to the many who loved and admired Adam, especially his wife Dechen and his daughter Tenzin, that so many grieve their loss and are praying for them at this sad time.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Senile Columnist

    Culture critic Nancy has linked her love of new voters with her devotion to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. (Does Nancy ever refer to the Pope in The Vatican as His Holiness? Just wondering.) I don’t know what inspired MCA’s interest in Tibet, but progs have made Tibet an issue all dewy-eyed romantics can love.

  • Hey Nasty Pelosi,

    Your phoniness is more transparent than air (other than polluted LA air).