House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had a sharp exchange with NBC reporter Luke Russert at her press conference this week. Pelosi, surrounded by other women House members was announcing her intent to remain House Minority Leader.
The young Luke Russert asked whether this choice was blocking younger members who wanted to move up in the party.
“Some of your colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prohibits the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long term,” he said. “What’s your response?”
“Age discrimination!” some of Pelosi’s colleagues shouted. “Boo!”
Amid shouts of ‘age discrimination,’ Pelosi called for the next question trying to avoid giving an answer.
But Russert continued, “No, excuse me,” he said. “You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn, you’re all over 70. Is your decision to stay on prohibiting younger members from moving forward?”
“Let’s for a moment honor it as a legitimate question, although it’s quite offensive,” Pelosi responded. “You don’t realize that, I guess,” before finally stating, “the answer is no.”
A rather humorous interaction but one has to wonder, if we are gender equal is there a reason women should not be asked age related questions?
As Republicans are trying to tackle the look of their party, it seems like a fair question.