Pelosi Orders Gates: “Let Staff Lezbo’s Lover Aboard Military Flight As Spouse”

April 1st, 2008 Posted By Bash.

From a Politico story by O’Conner & Rogers:

Prior to the Easter recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was forced to intervene with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in order to get Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s domestic partner on a military flight for a congressional fact-finding trip to Europe.

The speaker succeeded, but the issue continues to simmer for both sides. The Pentagon appears to be self-conscious about transporting gay domestic partners at a time when it continues to enforce a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in its own ranks. The speaker is sensitive to the gay rights issue but doesn’t want to be drawn into a situation where it appears she is dictating policy for the use of military planes.

Under House guidelines, members of Congress may take their spouses with them on military flights if there is room for them and when it is “necessary for protocol purposes.” Although Baldwin, the only openly gay woman elected to Congress, exchanged wedding vows with Lauren Azar in 1998, her home state of Wisconsin does not officially recognize same-sex marriages, and military officials were apparently unwilling to consider Azar a “spouse” within the meaning of the House guidelines.

In appealing to Gates, Pelosi aides said their boss was simply asking the defense secretary to follow a precedent established by her predecessor, former Republican Rep. Dennis Hastert of Illinois. Pelosi told Gates that Hastert had allowed Baldwin to take Azar on a previous trip abroad.

Gates, who was apparently unaware of any earlier trips, told the speaker that she was responsible for the House travel rules and had the authority to make an exception, according to officials on and off the Hill. His only requirement was that Pelosi send him a letter authorizing the trip. Pelosi sent such a letter moments after the phone call ended, and Azar was allowed on the plane.

The Pentagon and the speaker’s office remain divided over what the Gates-Pelosi agreement means for member travel abroad. Pelosi’s office awaits a follow-up letter from Gates laying out new criteria for the congressional use of military airplanes, while the Pentagon argues this was one instance in which the speaker waived her own rules to create an exception for an individual lawmaker.

“This is not an issue of DOD regulations,” said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. “Secretary Gates honored a request from Speaker Pelosi to make an exception to the House rules.

“But that’s really as far as it goes,” Morrell continued. “This should not be viewed as a precedent which would now permit all nonspouse travel. That said, Secretary Gates will, on a case-by-case basis, entertain the speaker’s future requests to make exceptions.”

Morrell said he expects Pentagon officials to send the speaker’s office their letter within the next few days.

Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly said, “We want to work with Secretary Gates to establish a procedure going forward.”

Baldwin’s office declined repeated requests for comment.

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), another openly gay lawmaker, believes the military’s initial refusal to let Azar fly with Baldwin has more to do with the Bush administration’s opposition to same-sex marriage than with the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

“I think the military was following orders,” Frank said. “I think the administration disapproves of same-sex marriage.”

Pelosi was scorched early in her tenure as speaker for her use of a military jet larger than the one Hastert used, a controversy that eventually died down after she pointed out that the smaller plane Hastert used cannot make the trip from Washington to her San Francisco district without stopping to refuel.


7 Responses

  1. Jethro

    :gun: Get on board the carpet munch express :lol:

  2. Dan (The Infidel)

    Barney Fuck and Nasti Peloski? What else is new about two of the worst dipshits in Congress? Cowards, liars, queers and maggots. Fire them all…then hang them all…

    That’s an appropriate pic of Nasti. She doesn’t appear to have matured past the age of about 8 or 9….mentally. Those crows feet, and face stretch marks give away her advanced physical age.

    I don’t know, maybe her parents were retarded, since so many MSM and Dhimoids think she’s so “special”.

  3. Boo Boo

    Taxpayer money being used to transport gay lovers of congresspeople. Since when does a congressperson need a lover to come with them on business? Where did I vote for that? Why can’t Nancy stop to refuel or take a commercial flight? Is she better than everyone else? Freaking hypocritical think they are elite, want everyone else as their slave class while they live like kings on the public dime. What a joke!

  4. Q_Mech

    Congress at its most retarded. The military was following the rules laid down by whom? Congress. Whose job it is to make the laws.

    Let’s hear that again from the brainiac Frank: ““I think the military was following orders,” Frank said. “I think the administration disapproves of same-sex marriage.””

    WONDERFUL. A Congressman who is unclear on how the US government operates! Massachusetts should make sure to re-elect him.

    The hell of it is that they probably will.

  5. 96RinLA

    Again, lets just go right ahead and bend the rules for the so called “do as I say, not as I do” political elite.

    So how long will it take for them to make exceptions for prostitutes to travel with their government “Johns” abroad?

    Like Mr Taggart said “I am depressed…”

  6. TedB

    I would object if some ‘breeder’ was taking his or her shack up on a Euro junket on the taxpayer’s dime. The fact that she is a lesbo is frosting on the cake though. Why is it so easy for libtards to lose sight of the whole point?

  7. SCredneck

    You all need to cool your jets!!! Pelosi just wanted to watch!

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