Madame Speaker Set Against Online Gambling

Published Monday, April 20, 2009 -

House Speaker in the US Senate, Nancy Pelosi will not approve online gambling. This is a strong statement but it is said that Madame Speaker is totally opposed to gambling on moral grounds.

After moving to San Francisco, in 1969 Pelosi worked her way up in Democratic politics. She was elected as party chairwoman for Northern California on January 30, 1977. Now Pelosi ranks second in the line of presidential succession, following Vice President Joe Biden, which makes her the highest-ranking female politician in United States history. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland and from a large Catholic family Madame Speaker was exsposed to politics very early in life. Her father Thomas D'Alesandro,Jr. was a Congressman from Maryland and a Mayor of Baltimore.

If she is to be convinced that online legalization and regulation is better than no rules, it will be because she represents her constituents in California. Pelosi knows that her own majority still depends on members elected from relatively conservative rural and suburban districts. Of the 254 House Democrats, it takes 218 to form a majority. Last week the Internet Gambling Council put up some cash as much as $3 million in fact to back the Poker Players Alliance in the fight for the right to play cards online. This lobbying may still pay off in the long run as Madame Speaker must gamble her position and that of the Democratic Majority on those 49 seats won from the Republic camp so short a time ago.

Finally the Speaker continues to represent the voters in her congressional district. Mrs. Pelosi lives in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco and since 1987, has represented the 8th Congressional District of California which consists of four-fifths of the City and County of San Francisco.

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