Talk about reaching across the aisle! Now here’s an odd pair. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reached out to fallen pastor Ted Haggard through her daughter. Confused? Read below as reported first by Brody File friend Dan Gilgoff over at U.S. News and World report:
Ted Haggard, the megachurch pastor and National Association of Evangelicals president felled by a gay sex and drugs scandal in 2006, says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regularly sent words of comfort and support in the two year following his fall. Haggard is the subject of a forthcoming HBO documentary by Alexandra Pelosi the speaker's daughter.
In an interview with me this afternoon, Haggard—a onetime friend and former occasional guest at George W. Bush's White House—says the support from the Pelosi family is one reason he's much more favorable about Democrats and their agenda today than before his fall. His change of economic circumstances also played a big role in the process. I'll be posting more from this fascinating interview with Haggard in the days ahead. Here's the exchange about Haggard changing his attitude toward the Democrats. Pelosi's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
You used to lead the biggest evangelical organization in the country and frequently dealt with political issues. Did you follow the presidential race? Any thoughts about Barack Obama on the eve of his inauguration?
I followed it very, very closely and I am very excited about the future. Let me give you a little bit on how the change [from being more solidly Republican] happened.
As we were going through this time of pain, we received word through Alexandra that Nancy was communicating to us, words like, "God is bigger than this." She would repeatedly [say], "My mom wants you to know that God is bigger than this."
The whole article is here.
Update! Pelosi's office says this is not true. Click here for that.