THE DEMOCRATS HAVE RUN BALTIMORE SINCE FOREVER, IN POLITICAL TERMS;NEWT GINGRICH:
FACT: FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THAT TIME, NANCY PELOSI'S FAMILY WAS A BIG PART OF THAT MACHINE.
- Fact: The last Republican city council member in Baltimore City left office in 1942. That is 73 years of solid Democrat city councils.
- Fact: The last Republican mayor of Baltimore City left office in 1967. That is 48 years of unbroken control of the mayor's office.
- Fact: The Maryland Senate is currently 33 Democrats to 14 Republicans.
- Fact: The Maryland House is currently 90 Democrats to 50 Republicans.
- Fact: The last time Republicans held both the Maryland Senate and the Maryland House of Delegates was 1897.
- Fact: The last time Republicans held even one chamber of the Maryland General Assembly--the House--was 1917.
- That is unbroken Democrat control of the Maryland legislature since 1918--or nearly a century of Democrat control.
- Fact: 7 out of 8 members of the Maryland delegation in the U.S. House are Democrats.
- Fact: The last Republican U.S. senator from Maryland was elected in 1980.
HER FATHER, TOMMY D'ALESSANDRO JR:
Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Maria Petronilla (née Foppiani) and Tommaso G. D'Alessandro, who were born in Montenerodomo, Abruzzo, Italy. He was married to Annunciata M. ("Nancy") Lombardi (March 25, 1909 - April 3, 1995). The couple had six children: five sons and a daughter. D'Alesandro attended Calvert Business College in Baltimore. Before beginning his political career, he worked as a broker and in insurance, a career he returned to after his political service.
A Democrat, D'Alesandro served as a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates from 1926 to 1933. After serving in Annapolis, D'Alesandro was then appointed as General Deputy Collector of Internal Revenue, a post in which he served during 1933–1934. He then was elected to serve on the Baltimore City Council from 1935 to 1938.
D'Alesandro was then elected to the 76th Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1939, until he resigned on May 16, 1947. ... Following his service in Congress he was Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years from May 1947 to May 1959. He was defeated for renomination by the Democrats in the March 1959 primary election. He was also an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1958.
D'Alesandro ran for Governor of Maryland in 1954, but was forced to drop out due to being implicated in receiving undeclared money from Dominic Piracci, a parking garage owner convicted of fraud, conspiracy, and conspiracy to obstruct justice.D'Alesandro was a delegate to every Democratic National Convention from 1944 to 1968...HER BROTHER, THOMAS D'ALESSANDRO III:
After military service, D'Alesandro entered into politics, becoming president of the Baltimore City Council in 1963. He ran for mayor in 1967 as a Democrat and easily defeated Republican challenger Arthur W. Sherwood.
His one term as mayor was dominated by civil unrest and budgetary troubles. In 1968 D'Alesandro ordered the relocation of the East-West Expressway unstarted since 1941 to be rerouted through the Western Cemetery, followed by cancelling the project, followed by implementing a HUD program to finance 475 of the vacant homes abandoned after they were previously condemned to create "homes for the poor". The homes were demolished in 1974, with the Rouse Company creditors abandoning the project.
He was unable to respond effectively to the Baltimore riot of 1968 that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and National Guard troops were called in to control the situation. He would never run for another political office, choosing to go into private law practice.WASHINGTON POST ON WHERE PELOSI LEARNED POLITICS:
Pelosi learned politics beside her mayor dad
Likely speaker hails from political family
By LYNNE DUKE
The Washington PostSaturday, November 11, 2006
When she wasn't racing to school at St. Leo's in her blue uniform or buying sweets in Mugavero's Confectionery or playing on front stoops up and down the block, Little Nancy sometimes worked the front desk at the family home at 245 Albemarle St. in Baltimore, taking down the requests and sad stories of the folks who arrived to seek help from Big Tommy, her dad.
Or maybe she was riding around with her dad and his bullhorn, as he touted his candidacy from a convertible. The late Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., also known as Old Tommy or Tommy the Elder, was the flamboyant and legendary machine politician, a Roosevelt Democrat, whose only daughter is the woman poised to be the speaker of the House, second in line of succession from the presidency.
She grew up stuffing envelopes for her dad. She grew up watching how the political game was played.MORE ON THE D'ALESSANDRO MACHINE:
Most of you know her as Nancy Pelosi. When I first met my one-time neighbor, she was daughter to one Mayor of Baltimore, Tommy D’Alesandro, Jr., and sister to Tommy, III, who’d later become Mayor.
Some of the stories about her, as she prepares to become Speaker of the House, have mentioned her past, but not honestly. At most, the glowing stories refer to the Baltimore City politics she grew up in as “rough and tumble.” Politics there and then were much more than rough and tumble. They were crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
I know. I grew up there. I made my first run for public office there, in 1971. Lemme tell y’all how Baltimore politics were conducted, then.
First, it was all Democrats. The last Republican was elected to the City Council in 1943. And among the Democrats, the law of the jungle applied. The strongest won, and prospered. The weakest lost, and were destroyed.
Elections in Baltimore were run by the machines, which had a feudal relationships like barons in the Middle Ages. Strongest was the D’Alesandro machine. Second to that, but working hand and glove with it, was Jack Pollack’s machine. Pollack personally was a frugal man, never accused of taking a penny for himself. But he kept hundreds of thousands of dollars in safe deposit boxes, to be dispensed as needed. Pollack had, in his pocket, many politicians including Congressman and State Senators, plus more than a few judges.
Election day funds were called “walking around money.” Each precinct captain got a stack of money proportionate to the vote he was expected to produce. Sure, the captain would keep some for himself. But a wise captain would keep his greed within limits, and use most of his allotment to buy votes.
Was this illegal? Absolutely. Then, now, and all years in between. But that’s the politics that Nancy D’Alesandro Pelosi grew up in. And what did the successful politician do in Baltimore when he, and now she, had won? Reward your friends. Punish your enemies. Start gathering the money and allies to win the next election.
Honesty or corruption had nothing to do with this process. Results were all that counted. This was displayed in the D’Alesandro family history. Tommy, Jr., was never indicted for anything. But Tommy, III, was sloppy.
He was indicted for rape as a young man. He was indicted for corruption as Mayor. Both times, the charges were dismissed when the principal witness made herself / himself scarce until the charges were dismissed. In the latter case, the witness turned up alive and well in a Las Vegas casino, after the charges against D’Alesandro were dropped. The same charges against Councilman Mimi DiPietro, had not been dismissed. When I as a candidate pointed out that DiPietro could still be tried for corruption, the D’Alesandro response was to send a compliant State’s Attorney before a compliant judge, to drop those charges also.
AND UNDER OBAMA - OF THE CHICAGO MACHINE - AND SPEAKER PELOSI OF HE BALTIMORE MACHINE, THEY LOOTED THE ENTIRE NATION FROM 2009 TO 2104.
BLACKS AND POOR KIDS HAVE NEVER BEEN WORSE OFF IN THIS COUNTRY.
BUT CRONIES OF THE DEMOCRAT MACHINE OF DONE VERY WELL.
BLACKS IN BALTIMORE AND IN OTHER DEMOCRAT RUN GHETTOS SHOULD WAKE UP AND SEE THE DEMS FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE.
FOR STARTERS, A PARTY THAT SERVES THE TEACHER'S UNIONS AND NOT THE KIDS.
THE DEMOCRAT MACHINE'S ANTI-SCHOOL CHOICE POLICY SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO GET ALL GHETTO BLACKS TO VOTE GOP.