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Pelosi, Eshoo will attend new Pope’s investiture

By Josh Richman
Friday, March 15th, 2013 at 11:58 am in Anna Eshoo, Nancy Pelosi, U.S. House.

Two Bay Area members of Congress will be headed to Vatican City for the March 19 inaugural mass for newly elected Pope Francis.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, will be part of the presidential delegation led by Vice President Joe Biden; other members of that group include New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and Georgetown University President John DeGioia.

And Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, has been chosen by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to be part of the bipartisan congressional delegation to the event. “It is a high honor to be appointed to the House delegation to attend the investiture of Pope Francis, and humbling to be a witness to history,” Eshoo said in a news release today.

That delegation will be led by Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and also includes Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.; Sean Duffy, R-Wisc.; Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb.; Ruben Hinojosa, D-Texas; Jim Langevin, D-R.I.; Daniel Lipinski, D-Ill.; and Loretta Sanchez, D-Garden Grove, as well as House Chaplain the Rev. Patrick Conroy.

Besides Pelosi and Eshoo, Bay Area members George Miller, D-Martinez; Jerry McNerney, D-Stockton; and Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, are of the Roman Catholic faith, as is California Gov. Jerry Brown, himself a former Jesuit seminarian.

“I’m glad he’s a Jesuit,” Brown told reporters during a question-and-answer session Wednesday. “He is from Argentina, so that might give him a broader perspective to see the world through the Southern Hemisphere, but what the hell do I know? I thought Jesuits weren’t allowed to consider higher office. At least they weren’t in my day.”

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  • moderatevoter

    Looks like a junket to me, Italy is a nice destination if you can come up with excuse to go to Italy, paid for by taxpayers. I recall reading Sam Rayburn went on one junket his entire career!

  • JohnW

    Countries send people to attend the inaugurals and funerals of other countries’s heads of state. This is no different. It’s also appropriate to send Biden and Pelosi. Both are devout Catholics. Biden represents both the executive branch and the Senate (as President of the Senate). Pelosi represents the House. Obama invited the Speaker of the House, who is also a devout Catholic, to attend. He declined. Pelosi was not invited to attend by Obama until after the Speaker declined.

  • JohnW

    But I agree we don’t need to send all the other people. Looks like that was Boehner’s decision.