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Pelosi Salutes Bonds

Count House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) among those on the side of Barry Bonds and his record-shattering home run last night.

Though she did not attend the game, the speaker, whose district includes AT&T Park, home of Bonds and the San Francisco Giants, issued a statement applauding the historic 756th home run of the slugger's career last night against her other home team -- the Washington Nationals.

Bonds home-run record has become a cultural touchstone because of the detailed allegations that he used performance-enhancing steroids late in his career, leading to the surge in his home-run pace that allowed him to surpass Hank Aaron's 755 home runs.

Without addressing those allegations, Pelosi signaled she's on the side of Bonds, who she said took his "rightful place among the sport's immortals."

[Capitol Briefing is a congressional/politics blog, therefore, we take no official position on the validity of the record, but this blog will officially congratulate the Phillies' Ryan Howard on his two home runs last night to put him at 32 on the season, second in the National League, and his 93 runs batted in, first in the NL. Oh, and we also offer our continued get-well wishes to Donovan McNabb in the Eagles training camp.]

Here's Pelosi's statement in full, feel free to offer your own views on Pelosi and Bonds in the comments section below.

Tonight, Barry Bonds etched his name into baseball's history books and took his rightful place among the sport's immortals.
It was a great night for baseball and a great night for San Francisco -- the crowd went wild. It was particularly exciting to see Willie Mays embrace him on the field and see Hank Aaron congratulate him on the Jumbotron. As a season ticket holder, I am particularly glad it happened on the Giants' Italian night.

By Paul Kane  |  August 8, 2007; 11:48 AM ET
Categories:  Dem. Leaders  
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