Erika Johnsen
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Sigh. My hopes were so high. Now they're just dashed.

Thursday, Big Government reported this tantalizing tidbit from a conversation with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi's daughter, Alexandra Pelosi:

She would retire right now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so badly. They know she wants to leave, though. They think she’s destined for the wilderness. She has very few days left. She’s 71, she wants to have a life, she’s done. It’s obligation, that’s all I’m saying.

Sadly, however, it appears that Ms. Pelosi the younger texted the Big Government reporter thusly this morning: "Get your facts straight: I said she is destined for GREATNESS! Not wilderness. ...I have never talked to Nancy Pelosi about any of this," and The Hill is reporting that Nancy Pelosi's office denies the rumors:

An aide to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is strongly denying a claim from her daughter that she is only staying in office because of her political donors. ...

In a statement Thursday, Pelosi’s office said the report on Big Government is “totally untrue.” 

“This may be wishful thinking on the part of a right wing blog but it is totally untrue. When the day comes and Leader Pelosi’s work is done, she won’t be announcing it there,” Pelosi spokesman Nadeam Elshami said Thursday in a statement. 

There has been no indication among Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues that they are expecting her to retire. In fact, Democrats have expressed optimism that they will retake the House majority in the 2012 election and restore Pelosi to her previous role as Speaker.

The prospect of the end of that appalling woman's political career is like catnip for conservatives, but most unfortunately, it appears we'll have to contend indefinitely with her unmitigated mendacity. Dare to dream, right?
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Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.