Pelosi Heads for the Mountains
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taking her newfound political star power on the road for the first time since becoming the highest ranking female leader in Congressional history, signaling her party's intention to continue to fight for electoral power in the Mountain West.
Pelosi's first major fund-raising event as speaker will be March 3, headlining the Colorado Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.
"We are pleased to host Speaker Pelosi," said Colorado Democratic Chair, Pat Waak. "Her extraordinary leadership is evident in the passage of major legislation during the first 100 hours of the Congress to restore honesty and openness in government, re-establish fiscal responsibility, strengthen our national security, and give more Americans a realistic shot at the American Dream."
Pelosi has been largely focused on the legislative give-and-take in the first weeks of the 110th Congress, so her speech in Colorado will mark her first big appearance outside the Beltway and will serve as a measuring stick of her popularity among the party faithful.
And, by choosing the Rocky Mountain State, Pelosi is reinforcing a message that Democrats are sending to Colorado and the entire region that they want to keep playing ball politically in a region that has been more friendly toward them in the last two election cycles. In Colorado alone, Democrats picked up the governor's mansion, a Senate seat and two House seats in 2004 and 2006.
Democrats want to see this trend continue and are now eyeing specific races. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) is retiring in 2008, and Rep. Mark Udall (D) has already thrown his hat into the ring to succeed him.
Continuing the party's focus on Colorado, the Democratic National Committee is hosting its quadrennial presidential nominating convention in Denver in August 2008.
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