Pelosi, Luke Russert Spar on 'Offensive' Age Question
Nobody asked Mitch McConnell same question, she notes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2012 3:31 PM CST
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(Newser) – When Nancy Pelosi announced today that she's staying on as House minority leader, NBC's Luke Russert posed a question about her age (72) that sparked some fireworks at her press conference, notes the Huffington Post:

  • Russert: “Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term. What’s your response?”
  • Pelosi: As the female lawmakers behind her booed, she said, "Next!" and added, "Oh, you've always asked that question, except to Mitch McConnell!" (The Senate minority leader is 70.)
  • Russert: "No, excuse me. You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you're all over 70. Is your decision to stay on prohibiting younger members from moving forward?"
  • Pelosi: "Let's for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it's quite offensive, but you don't realize that, I guess." After running through her own work to get young lawmakers, especially women, elected to Congress, she summed things up: "The answer is no."
Later, Russert followed up with a tweet in his own defense, notes Mediaite: "While Pelosi laughed off my Q as age-ist, many House Ds will privately gripe it hurts caucus that all 3 leaders are 70+."

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SaturnGirl
Nov 19, 2012 8:14 AM CST
If they are government workers, most have to retire by age 60 at the latest. Why are they any different from other government employees (Other than they changed the age law so it doesn't apply to them)? The question was legitimate. To many governement agencies are run by folks who should have retired to let new blood in. Members of congress and the senate shouldn't be in office until they wheel them out. A company that doesn't change will soon go stagnant and go out of business. Oh wait.... I think that is what is happening!!!
pjl112
Nov 15, 2012 10:38 AM CST
All the leaders should go. They are too old and set in the "party first" mind set. Pelosi should go back to her plastic surgeon, Boehner to the tanning salon and the rest should just go away.
ghinthorn
Nov 15, 2012 9:35 AM CST
Both are very stupid and hateful people... typical liberals.