Hillary Clinton isn’t the only politician who thinks she’s above the law. California Congress(wo)man Nancy Pelosi thinks that traffic laws only apply to the commoners. She’s way too important to be bothered by local traffic laws, especially when she’s on official business…like shopping for shoes at Footcandy.
Not surprisingly, Nancy Pelosi drives around in a gas-guzzling, carbon-emitting SUV. Actually, she doesn’t drive it. Her driver – with the U.S. Capitol Police – does.
I honestly don’t care that they haul her around in a giant SUV. It’s just that Pelosi’s one of those self-righteous politicians who preaches about the evils of carbon emissions, and harps on “deniers” for “rejecting science,” but then she seems to have no problem at all being driven around in a large, carbon-emitting vehicle. I guess it’s par for the course.
It all started when Pelosi wanted to shop for shoes at a fancy boutique in St. Helena, California last month. An eyewitness was so appalled by her self-importance that he wrote in to the St. Helena Star to relay his account. Here’s how he described what happened:
“Last Saturday afternoon (June 4) I’m standing on the west side of Main Street directly across from the Hunt Avenue intersection chatting with friends. Of course, traffic was heavy in both directions.
A large perfectly polished and gleaming black SUV is attempting a left turn from Hunt onto southbound Main (not easy). Suddenly blue/red lights are flashing from the windshield area of the SUV (like you would see in an official fire/police vehicle). I said to my friends, I’ve never seen that before on a “regular” vehicle and I’d think that’s illegal and dangerous. They agreed.
The big black SUV then darts out across both lanes of traffic with lights flashing in both front and rear windows. It goes directly into the red zone/fire hydrant area in front of Padis and Footcandy.
A St. Helena police car happens to be going northbound and pulls into the center lane and the officer starts shaking his arm and hollering at the driver of the SUV. While this goes on a man exits the SUV assisting a woman from the vehicle. She dashes off to Footcandy while he waits by the SUV in the red zone.
The SHPD car leaves and proceeds northbound.
My friends and I are puzzled, say goodbye and I walk south on Main. As I approach Footcandy, Nancy Pelosi comes out with her shopping bags and the man assists her into the awaiting SUV. The SUV, with lights flashing, bursts back into southbound traffic.
Privilege? Power? Arrogance? Whose SUV, taxpayers?”
The Star reached out to the St. Helena Police Chief Bill Imboden to confirm the account. Sure enough, it happened, and here’s how he responded to the eyewitness’s account:
“The St. Helena Police Department has received similar complaints in the past, and on occasion we come across a scenario like what is mentioned in the complaint. Unfortunately local law enforcement has no authority to prevent this type of activity. The U.S. Capitol Police and the U.S. Secret Service provide dignitary protection for certain high-ranking members of the Federal Government, and this protection comes with the discretion to violate some state and local laws (illegal U-turns, parking in a red zone) under the guise of providing the best possible protection to the dignitary. In the case of Congresswoman Pelosi, she receives her protection detail from the Capitol Police. As the Chief of Police in St. Helena I can assure you we don’t like or condone their behavior, but I can tell you from personal experience that while they sympathize with the position they put us in, they will not alter their tactics to appease us.
“Anyone who wishes to lodge a complaint about Congresswoman Pelosi can email her at the following website: pelosi.house.gov.
“You can also lodge a complaint with the protection agency at: U.S. Capitol Police Office of Professional Responsibility — OPR@uscp.gov.”
This is the way things are these days. Politicians only care about laws insofar as they benefit them, and can be used against their opponents. If they can get away with breaking laws meant only for peasants, they’ll ignore them – especially if it’s for something really important, like shopping for expensive shoes.