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Pelosi 'cracking the whip,' taking names at Dem caucus meetings

Published: Wednesday July 12, 2006

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is "cracking the whip" and taking names--literally--to keep Democrats on message, according to today's Roll Call and a letter acquired by RAW STORY.

As attendance wanes, Pelosi has sent a letter to Democrats indicating that for the rest of this session, through the recess, Democratic caucus meetings are mandatory. Further, Pelosi has instructed the caucus chair to take attendance.

The meetings are expected to cover the Democrats' agenda for 2006.

Roll Call has indicated that "a fellow leaderís hint that failure to cooperate could be detrimental to Membersí futures."

The letter, as acquired by RAW STORY, follows:


TO: House Democratic Members
FROM: Leader Nancy Pelosi DATE: July 11, 2006 RE: Important July Caucus Meetings

Dear Democratic Colleague:

Welcome back! I hope you had an enjoyable, productive and patriotic Fourth of July. With three critical weeks ahead, I am writing to urgently request three hours of your time between now and the August break. In order to advance our New Direction message, I need your attendance at our weekly Caucus meetings: July 12th, 19th and 26th. These crucial meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end promptly at 10:00 a.m. The meetings are mandatory and I have asked the Chairman to take attendance.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday for our New Direction meeting on the Economy.

best regards,

NANCY PELOSI House Democratic Leader