The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., responded after claims that she pushed the young daughter of a newly elected Republican representative.
Representative Mayra Flores, R-Texas, was recently elected to Congress in a special election and claimed that in a photoshoot with Pelosi in her new office in Washington the House speaker elbowed her daughter.
A representative for Pelosi has contested the claims and in several posts on Twitter claimed instead that Pelosi was simply trying to move the girl so she would be in camera.
“It’s sad to see ‘news outlets’ that know better misrepresent the Speaker’s effort to ensure Rep. Flores’ daughters wouldn’t be hidden behind her in all of the photos of such an important moment for their family,” spokesman Drew Hammill wrote in reference to an article written by Fox News.
Hammill proceeded to post further footage showing Pelosi talking to Flores’ children about the room. “And here’s more footage of the Speaker graciously greeting Rep. Flores’ children and telling them about the room they are in.” He said in a follow-up post.
“I am so proud of my strong, beautiful daughter for not allowing this to faze her,” Flores wrote on Twitter, posting a video of the incident. “She continued to smile and pose for the picture like a queen. No child should be pushed to the side for a photo op. PERIOD!!”
Flores was put into office in a special election which saw her beat her Democratic opponent by eight points. The 34th district has long been considered a Democratic stronghold. Analysts have claimed that Flores’ victory is a bad sign for Democrats, citing issues such as high gas prices and inflation, which Republicans claim is largely due to President Joe Biden’s policies.
A recent AP analysis has shown that over 1 million Americans have joined the GOP. “More than 1 million voters across 43 states have switched to the Republican Party over the last year, according to voter registration data analyzed by The Associated Press,” wrote the article. “The previously unreported number reflects a phenomenon that is playing out in virtually every region of the country — Democratic and Republican states along with cities and small towns — in the period since President Joe Biden replaced former President Donald Trump.”