Facing poor economy and terrible polls, Pelosi turns to gambling

Jonathan Strong Jonathan Strong, 27, is a reporter for the Daily Caller covering Congress. Previously, he was a reporter for Inside EPA where he wrote about environmental regulation in great detail, and before that a staffer for Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA). Strong graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a degree in political science in 2006. He is a huge fan of and season ticket holder to the Washington Capitals hockey team. Strong and his wife reside in Arlington.
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Her Party may be facing slaughter at the polls on Nov. 2, and the jarring unemployment rate may be driving economic malaise across the country. But neither will stop Pelosi from the time-honored practice of betting on sports.

“Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Arlen Specter today announced that they have placed a friendly wager on the National League Championship series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the San Francisco Giants,” the Speaker blasted out in a press release Friday.

Pelosi, who remains steadfastly optimistic in spite of the conventional wisdom she will lose her Speaker’s gavel in a few short weeks, would win Hershey’s chocolate from Pennsylvania if her Giants beat the Phillies.

“San Francisco’s Ghirardelli chocolate will be safe from Senator Specter: the Giants are going all the way,” Pelosi said.  “I look forward to enjoying some Hershey’s – preferably, dark – chocolate while watching our beloved Giants in the World Series.”

One week ago, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said the unemployment rate remained at 9.6%.