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Nancy Pelosi: Questions About My House Dem Leadership Are Sexist

By    |   Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 06:30 PM

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chastised reporters who questioned her decision to run to keep her job as leader of the House Democrat Caucus, suggesting there was more than a little sexism fueling the inquiry.

"When was the last time you asked Mitch McConnell … 'aren’t you getting a little old, Mitch?'" Pelosi said, referring to the Republican senator from Kentucky, Roll Call reports.

Roll Call notes McConnell, 72, has been in Senate GOP leadership since 2003 and the minority leader since 2007; earlier Thursday he was elected Senate majority leader for the 114 Congress, which convenes in January.

Pelosi, 74, has been in House Democratic leadership since 2002, and has been at the top of the caucus power structure since 2003.

"I don’t understand why this question should even come up," the California Democrat fumed. "I’m here as long as the members want me to be here. I’m not here on a schedule, except for a mission to get a job done."

Politico reports the exchange isn't the first time Pelosi's gotten annoyed at questions about her tenure in the House. In 2012, she also accused a reporter of making an issue of her age when asking about her leadership team.

At Thursday's news conference, Pelosi also skewered Time magazine for skipping over female achievements in Congress, saying the magazine featured McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner on the cover when they won big majorities, but didn't do the same for her after her election as speaker – the first woman to ever hold that job, Politico reports.

"[W]hen we won the House — and that was largely an initiative that I started around 2000, to take us to a place where we would win the House — that was a big thing," she said, Politico reports. "I was never on the cover of Time magazine, even though I was the first woman to be [speaker]. Isn't that a curiosity?"

"Republicans win and Boehner is on the front of Time magazine. Mitch McConnell wins and he is on the front of Time magazine. Is there a pattern here? But as a woman, is there a message here? Is there something that we're missing?"

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Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chastised reporters who questioned her decision to run to keep her job as leader of the House Democrat Caucus, suggesting there was more than a little sexism fueling the inquiry.
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