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Pelosi Ranked Most Partisan by Lawmakers

By Rick Pedraza   |   Tuesday, 05 May 2009 02:31 PM

A survey of more than 100 members of the House of Representatives shows Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to be the most partisan lawmaker on Capitol Hill.

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., ranked second most partisan behind Pelosi, followed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., and Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., according to the survey conducted by The Hill.

Frank is the only congressman who made both the partisan and bipartisan lists, the survey shows. Frank was described by one GOP lawmaker as “obnoxious and arrogant,” but by another Republican congressman as “a guy you can sit down and deal with.”

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., who heads the conservative Republican Study Committee, was graded the most partisan GOP legislator, followed closely by Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., earned the distinction of being the most bipartisan lawmaker in the House, according to colleagues. Hoyer has been praised by fellow congressmen for his legislative dealmaker skills and for moving the Democratic agenda along. Several GOP members participating in the survey describe Hoyer as being approachable and willing to reach consensus.

Neither of the two top House Republicans, Reps. John Boehner of Ohio and Eric Cantor of Virginia, made the most-partisan list, despite Democrats labeling of Cantor as “Mr. No” for his refusal to accept Democratic proposals.

Others on the most-partisan list include Reps. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., and Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Democrats from California, including Pelosi and Waxman, and Reps. Lynn Woolsey and Pete Stark, have earned the reputation of being the most partisan.

Lawmakers lauded for their bipartisan approach include Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton, D-Mo., Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., and Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.

The most bipartisan Republicans include Reps. Mica, Ron Paul, R-Texas, John McHugh, R-N.Y., and Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio.

Pelosi, who has been described as an ideologue, denies charges of partisanship, accusing the Republican Party of “process” politics.

"If you can't win on policy, then you go to process," Pelosi said in a March interview with PBS' Charlie Rose. "If you can't win on process, then you go to personality. And that's how they have decided they would make up stories about me and the rest."

Pelosi says claims that she revels in partisanship are “simply not true.

“There seems to be a market for saying that I am very partisan and that I don't give the Republicans their opportunity,” Pelosi said. “That simply is not true. They know in this recovery package that we had, we ask them what they wanted."

An aide to one GOP legislator told FOXNews.com that Pelosi's overreaching will catch up to her, costing her party seats in the near future. But Pelosi shrugged off the criticism.

"I can't be bothered about what they say about me," she told Rose. "All I'm interested in is getting the job done. And I really want to get it done in a bipartisan way."

In late January, Pelosi said she didn’t come to Washington to be bipartisan.

“I didn’t come [to Washington] to be partisan, I didn’t come here to be bipartisan. I came here, as did my colleagues, to be nonpartisan, to work for the American people, to do what is in their interest.”

Most partisan Democrats

1. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

2. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.

3. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich.

4. Barney Frank, D-Mass.

5. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.

Most partisan Republicans

1. Tom Price, R-Ga.

2. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

3. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas

4. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C.

5. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

Most bipartisan Democrats (listed alphabetically)

Neil Abercrombie, D-Hawaii

Rick Boucher, D-Va.

Bill Delahunt, D-Mass.

Barney Frank, D-Mass.

Steny Hoyer, D-Md.

Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.

Collin Peterson, D-Minn.

Ike Skelton, D-Mo.

Gene Taylor, D-Miss.

Ed Towns, D-N.Y.

Most bipartisan Republicans (listed alphabetically)

Judy Biggert, R-Ill.

Bob Inglis, R-S.C.

Walter Jones, R-N.C.

Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio

John McHugh, R-N.Y.

John Mica, R-Fla.

Ron Paul, R-Texas

Lee Terry, R-Neb.

Fred Upton, R-Mich.

Bill Young, R-Fla.

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