House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is refusing to take part in an event Wednesday night that will include a tribute to former Reps. Tom DeLay (R-Texas) and Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.), saying the two men 'have dishonored the House' and 'are unfit to to be honored for their service.'
When told of Pelosi’s objections to having Cunningham’s name mentioned during the event, Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) agreed, saying through a spokesman that 'it would be inappropriate to have a convicted felon on the honor roll.'
The head of the group hosting the event, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, said that he was willing to "skip any mention" of Cunningham during the event. But he would not refrain from honoring DeLay, who to date has not been convicted. (Roll Call) (sub. req'd)
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