Jackie Speier enters Congress with a Bang
Newly elected Democratic Representative Jackie Speier of Hillsborough was sworn into Congress Thursday morning and promptly gave a fiery speech criticizing the Iraq policies of President Bush and likely GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, leading some Republicans to boo and walk out of the House chamber.
You may remember Jackie as the aid to Rep. Leo Ryan who was murdered at the Guyana airport in 1978 by followers of Jim Jones where he went to investigate Jonestown. She was shot 5 times in the same incident.
“The process to bring the troops home must begin immediately,” Speier told a packed House presided over by 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.”
Jackie is from my neck of the woods and follows several other California women, all her friends, to Washington. They include Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Anna Eshoo and Diane Feinstein. Keep an eye on her. I think she’s there to kick some GOP ass. Read the whole article here.