As Pelosi moves into power, S.F. to stand in spotlight (Edward Epstein, November 11, 2006, SF Chronicle)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her city, San Francisco, rose to the top of the congressional political heap this week.
Pelosi’s impending elevation by her fellow Democrats to the post of House speaker, a first for women and for a Californian that will become official in January, already is generating national and international attention for the city. It might also mean more federal dollars from congressional appropriators who inevitably look favorably on projects from the speaker’s home district, even if he or she doesn’t overtly push for them.
But analysts said Pelosi’s rise will do nothing to quiet the loud conservative critics of San Francisco liberalism and the “San Francisco values” they scorn. If anything, Pelosi’s prominence as speaker might intensify the criticism and make the overwhelmingly Democratic city an issue in the 2008 presidential and congressional elections.
One of the most basic projects in front of Rove and company is getting her name recognition up over 10% and making her the face of the Democratic Party.