House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who together with her husband owns a vineyard in the Napa Valley, went to the House floor on Wednesday to condemn the Republican majority for working against the interests of a person she called “Joe Sixpack” in order to cut taxes for “wealthy families” swigging champagne.
“Today, the Republicans take their victory lap for successfully pillaging the American middle class to benefit the powerful and the privileged. This holiday they are talking about giving people a Christmas present?” said Pelosi.
“Well, Joe Sixpack, whom the President said he was there to help, and I hope that that is true, Joe Sixpack will be delivering the champagne to their parties,” she said.
“That is how this is,” said Pelosi.
“This isn’t about anything better for working class families. This is about champagne glasses clinking in wealthy families across the country.”
[Pelosi's remarks in defense of Joe Sixpack against champagne-drinking rich people is at 10:36 in the video below:]
“I don’t begrudge them their success or their wealth or their achievement,” Pelosi said about wealthy people. “I just don’t want to see it at the exploitation of America’s working families.
“Shame on you for voting for this outrageous theft from the American middle class,” Pelosi told the Republicans.
The Los Angeles Times published story on Nov. 6, 2015 that carried this headline: “Nancy Pelosi's vineyard makes her fourth-richest Californian in Congress”
This is how the Times described the vineyard and its estate when Pelosi visits it:
“It can be an odd thing having Nancy Pelosi as your next-door neighbor.
“Especially when the House minority leader and her husband open up their bucolic Northern California estate and vineyard on the banks of the Napa River to the likes of Google’s Eric Schmidt, wealthy environmental activist Tom Steyer and Gov. Jerry Brown.
“‘When all the black SUVs are circling around the property — like planes gathering over O'Hare Airport — that is when you know they are here,’ Susanna Kelham, who owns a winery next to the Pelosi property in St. Helena, told the Los Angeles Times.
“That was the scene last year when Pelosi hosted a dinner at the couple's sprawling estate and vineyard about 65 miles north of Pelosi's San Francisco district to close out a two-day conference in the wine country for political heavyweights.”
The Times went on to describe the vineyard estate as being worth $5 million and $25 million:
“The Pelosi estate on Zinfandel Lane, for example, is valued between $5,000,001 and $25 million, according to the records the congresswoman filed with the House clerk's office for calendar year 2014. A description of the property posted on its architect's website says it was inspired by Palladian villas and boasts a guesthouse and a ‘Z’ shaped pool.”