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Pelosi Forgets Congressman’s Name: ‘Mr. Umm…’

By CNSNews.com Staff | May 15, 2020 | 3:13pm EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) at her press briefing on Thursday forgot the name of Rep. Rodney Davis (R.-Ill.), who is the ranking member of the House Administration Committee.

Pelosi cited some of the members of the House who she said had been involved in what she called “bipartisan talks” about legislation to allow members of Congress to vote remotely by proxy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This, I think, we're moving, uh, we had bipartisan talks for a while,” Pelosi said. “There’d been some, again, everybody expressing opinions for a long while. Mr. Hoyer, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Lofgren, Chair of House Admin, Chair of Rules, Democratic Leader of the House with the Republican Leader of the House and the corresponding chairs, Mr. Cole and Mr. Um … Randy.”

When she said “Mr. Um … Randy,” she looked down and shuffled some papers on the podium in front of her.

Then she turned to someone to her right---who is not seen in the C-SPAN tape of the event.

“Randy something,” it sounds like she mumbles in that direction.

Then an unseen person (on the C-SPAN tape) sitting in front of the podium—where the reporters sit--said: “Davis.”

Pelosi turned in that direction and said: “Hmm?”

Then another person sitting in front of the podium said: “Davis.”

And the first voice that had said it repeated: “Davis.”

Then Pelosi said: “Davis, yeah.”

In fact, Rep. Rodney Davis (R.-lll.)—not Randy Davis--is the ranking member of the House Administration Committee. He has served in Congress since 2013.

The other members Pelosi had been referencing in her statement were House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D.-Md.), House Rules Chairman James McGovern (D.-Mass.), House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren (D.-Calif.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R.-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R.-Okla.), the ranking member of the House Rules Committee.

Here is a transcript of the part of Pelosi’s briefing where she forgets a congressman’s name:

Pelosi: … “This, I think, we're moving, uh, we had bipartisan talks for a while. There’d been some, again, everybody expressing opinions for a long while. Mr. Hoyer, Mr. McGovern, Ms. Lofgren, Chair of House Admin, Chair of Rules, Democratic Leader of the House with the Republican Leader of the House and the corresponding chairs, Mr. Cole and Mr. Umm … Randy. Randy something.”

First voice in front of room: “Davis."

Pelosi: “Hmm.”

Second vote in front in room: “Davis.”

First voice in front of room: “Davis.”

Pelosi: “Davis. Yeah. They had their meetings on a regular basis, and tomorrow, we are striving for bipartisanship. We've picked up some of the suggestions that they have, but tomorrow we'll have that vote. But it is in keeping with the vitality of the House that we are doing this, not in opposition to the traditions of the House.” 

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