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Friday, January 27, 2006

Nancy Pelosi Praises Graham Richard in Speech

Democratic Leader Cites Mayor Richard and Four Other Democrats

SanFranciscoSentinel.com reports the remarks that Democratic U.S. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) delivered today to the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

In her remarks she praised Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard:
"Taken together, our Democratic innovation agenda - education, R&D, public-private partnerships, energy independence - is a decision in favor of the future.


'That's exactly what Mayor Graham Richard, of Fort Wayne Indiana is doing in America's heartland. Under his leadership, Fort Wayne is the first city in the Midwest to have fiber optic broadband services for nearly 100,000 households, small businesses and schools. He is taking the lead to use high tech, high performance public private partnerships to improve city services and save taxpayers millions of dollars. As he said to you this week - Fort Wayne is 'Wired and Inspired to Compete in a Flat World.' Mayor Richard has made Fort Wayne a national model for innovation, and a strong city for a strong America. Mayor Richard: thank you for your leadership."
The other elected officials she singled out for praise in her remarks were Mayor Beverly O'Neill of Long Beach, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, and Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

My sympathies and condolences go out to the mayor.
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