House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has long shown a propensity toward injecting vindictive partisan positions into a variety of political situations.
As a recent example, the speaker has been accused of denying access to the U.S. House of Representatives gallery to the son of Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) during the incoming lawmaker’s swearing-in ceremony this week.
“Denied the request”
According to the Daily Caller, Tenney’s son is a U.S. Marine officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. His mother was only recently sworn in — three months after the election — after her narrow victory over Rep. Anthony Brindisi was finally deemed official.
The allegations against Pelosi came from Newsmax host Sean Spicer, who formerly served as White House press secretary under the Trump administration.
Spicer further noted that, in contrast, the House speaker allowed all new legislators to bring one family member into the House gallery to witness the ceremony on Jan. 3.
As the ex-press secretary explained in a tweet, Pelosi’s “staff denied the request” for Tenney’s son to enjoy the same courtesy. In a subsequent statement, Tenney herself confirmed the news, declaring: “I guess he’s considered a risk.”
The freshman legislator said she had been informed by Pelosi’s office in a “text from staff and in-person” that her son would not be able to attend, noting that there had been “several exchanges” between the two parties on the issue.
“He was disappointed”
In an appearance on Fox & Friends, Tenney explained that she raised her son as a single mother and “would have loved” for him to have been a part of the momentous occasion of being sworn in as a federal lawmaker.
Instead of joining her in the gallery, she said her son “waited outside the gallery door,” declaring that it “was nice of him to take time out of his busy job serving our country” to support her during the ceremony.
Tenney said Pelosi’s office offered “no reason” in multiple communications culminating in a rejection of her request.
For her part, a spokesperson for the House speaker told Fox News that “politics” played no role in the decision, which was purportedly influenced by COVID-19 restrictions implemented by the House sergeant-at-arms and attending physician.
As for her son, Tenney said: “He was disappointed. He just wanted to be there for me. We are very close.”