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Published On: Mon, Aug 4th, 2014

Nancy Pelosi freaks out on Rep Tom Marino over immigration remarks

Nancy-Pelosi donkeyhoteyHouse Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi behaved oddly and aggressively after one GOP Rep. must have “hit the right nerve” during border funding discussions before recess.

“You know something that I find quite interesting about the other side?” Rep. Tom Marino said. “Under the leadership of the former Speaker [Pelosi], and under the leadership of their former leader [Rep. Steny Hoyer], when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed. They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it now.”

His comments incited Pelosi to charge across the floor and challenge him. “Yes it is true,” Marino said to the challenging Pelosi. “I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it.”

Marino wrapped up, noting that, “apparently I hit the right nerve,” which drew applause from Republicans, and another charge across the floor, complete with finger-waving, from Pelosi.

Pelosi told ABC News, “Leader Pelosi just wanted to remind the Congressman that House Democrats had the courage to pass the DREAM Act – and have the courage to stand up for what the American people want: bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform.”

The spokeswoman also claimed that, “Pelosi accepted the Congressman’s apology” — but a spokesman for Marino said there was no apology.

“[Rep. Marino] did not apologize to Leader Pelosi and does not intend to do so as he has nothing to apologize for,” the spokesman told ABC News. “She was entirely out of line in approaching him while he was recognized and delivering remarks on the Floor.”

Marino later tweeted about the bizarre incident.

 …of course I’ll be driving myself, with no staff or security. And I’m just a country lawyer who worked in a bakery until he was 30… – Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) August 2, 2014

…so maybe I am not significant enough to question the former Speaker. But why then did she get so bothered by my comments? — Rep. Tom Marino (@RepTomMarino) August 2, 2014

ABC reported on the incident, calling it a “In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress” – check out the video below.


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