By: Antonio Ray Harvey, Lila Brown and Joe W. Bowers Jr. | California Black Media
From one former speaker to another, two of California’s top political brass honored one another, showing mutual admiration amid continuing political chaos in Washington.
On Oct. 5, Karen Bass the Mayor of Los Angeles and former Speaker of the California Assembly, hosted a reception at the Getty House — the official mayoral residence — to celebrate Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Emerita of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Singer John Legend performed, and hundreds of officials, donors, and other guests attended the event held in the mansion’s backyard just hours after Pelosi spoke at the funeral of Sen. Dianne Feinstein in San Francisco. This was also two days after the former speaker accused the new interim speaker, Patrick McHenry (R-NC-10), of ordering her to vacate her office in the U.S. Capitol. Some reports suggest the order to relocate Pelosi from her “hideaway office,” assigned to her when she was Speaker, was a direct order from the recently ousted Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20).
“What we’ve witnessed this week, the chaos, the disrespect of the leader, the disregard for national and international impact for the whole world to see never happened under the leadership of Madam Speaker,” said Bass referencing the United States House of Representatives vote to remove McCarthy on Oct. 3, through a motion to vacate filed by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla-1).