A new book has generated media coverage in recent days for providing a stunning behind-the-scenes account of the current U.S. political atmosphere.
According to reports, staffers for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) were upset over passages in which journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere described the speaker’s attempt to sabotage the progressive “Green New Deal” in the hours leading up to its public unveiling.
“Asked him to hold off”
The author wrote in Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump that Pelosi was “anxious” about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her increasing prominence among Democrats. In 2019, the speaker reportedly grew concerned that the freshman lawmaker could translate her “notoriety” into “actual power.”
In February of that year, the book alleges that Pelosi talked to Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) “the night before he was scheduled to help roll out the Green New Deal” and “asked him to hold off.”
Going forward would risk giving “the platform to Ocasio-Cortez,” Pelosi allegedly claimed at the time. Pelosi’s aides were pressured into responding to allegations made in that section of Dovere’s book.
“This is false,” said spokesperson Drew Hammill of the reported call between Pelosi and Markey. “No such call was made.”
He added that Pelosi’s office is requesting that the author provide a correction for what it claims is a false account.
“Nobody knows what it is”
In any case, tensions between the speaker and incoming progressive members of her caucus have risen to the surface on multiple occasions in recent years.
As for the Green New Deal, a resolution calling for a massive government push to reduce emissions, Pelosi has been publicly dismissive, stating in 2019 that it was merely “one of several” proposals that the House would consider.
“The green dream or whatever they call it,” she said. “Nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
For his part, Dovere has continued to defend his book as accurate, telling Fox News: “The book was drawn from extensive reporting, and as the note on sourcing in the book says, includes over 400 interviews over four years. It’s full of private conversations, phone calls and emails which haven’t been revealed before – this among them.”
Given the number of bombshell allegations apparently contained inside, the book appears poised to become a bestseller.