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How to start a congressional career: Jackie Speier edition

by: Julia Rosen

Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 13:15:20 PM PDT


Rep. Jackie Speier's congressional career began with some real fireworks.  Her first speech on the war made the Republicans throw a hissy fit and several of them walked off the floor.  Just a fantastic start.  When we talk about electing more and better Democrats, this is what it looks like.  Chron:

Newly elected Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of Hillsborough was sworn into Congress this morning and delivered a fiery speech criticizing President Bush's Iraq policy that led some Republicans to boo and walk out of the House chamber.

Speier, who won a special election Tuesday to fill the seat of the late Rep. Tom Lantos, was always an outspoken lawmaker in her years as a San Mateo County supervisor, state Assemblywoman and state Senator. She served notice Thursday that she plans be just as aggressive as a member of the House.

"The process to bring the troops home must begin immediately," Speier told fellow lawmakers including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco. "The president wants to stay the course and a man who wants to replace him suggests we could be in Iraq for 100 years. But Madam Speaker, history will not judge us kindly if we sacrifice four generations of Americans because of the folly of one."

While Democrats applauded, Republicans began a chorus of low boos. Some Republicans who had congratulated her just moments before, including Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), walked out of the hall in protest.

Of course Issa was one of the ones to throw a fit and walk off when she started saying something he didn't agree with.  That is the congressional equivalent of putting his fingers in his ears and sticking out his tongue.

Thank you Rep. Speier.  Just phenomenal work.  Keep it up.

We want more of this!  Maybe you can light a fire under the asses of a few of your new colleagues.

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Kudos to Congresswoman Speier... (8.00 / 2)
... for showing Republicans how we do things downtown.

So to speak.

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Speier/Bowen'16!! (8.00 / 4)
Or Bowen/Speier, you know, I'm flexible. :-)

While Democrats applauded, Republicans began a chorus of low boos. Some Republicans who had congratulated her just moments before, including Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista (San Diego County), walked out of the hall in protest.

Just when I thought Speier couldn't get any awesomer, she causes Issa of all people to throw a toddleresque temper tantrum--be still my heart!


jinx! (8.00 / 2)
you posted your entry literally moments before mine! :-)

I'm so glad we have her in Congress, I think the lefty naysayers need to stop bashing her and realize she's a great rep.

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Haha (8.00 / 2)
Yep.  

She set a high bar with this first day.


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They're scared for good reason (8.00 / 3)
Rep. Speier

I like typing that.  

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Tickled (8.00 / 3)
When I read the Chronicle post about how Rep. Speier's speech made Republicans walk out of the House Chamber, it felt so good.  

Come next January, many of these Republicans won't be walking back into the House Chamber as their seats will be taken by reality-based Democrats like Jackie Speier.


Good stuff! (8.00 / 3)
I've always been a fan of Sen Speier. Hey, she represented me for a time! But, while she might not necessarily rival Barbara Lee for the title of most progressive, she is an outstanding legislator. She just gets it.

I think?

Stay classy, Darrell (8.00 / 3)
He has a history of inappropriate emotional responses to political losses.

Kudos to Jackie. This is a wonderful beginning.

You can check out any time you like but you can never leave


I guess when you've faced your own death eye to eye, (8.00 / 2)
A bunch of Republicans mean nothing to you.

<3 (8.00 / 1)
Yay! I love how saying "100 years" triggers the Automatic Hissyfit response in Rs nowadays.

I'm the project director and statewide organizer for California VoterConnect.

Way to go, Jackie! (0.00 / 0)
I know she'll be an awesome Congresswoman!

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