Pelosi Statement on the Passing of Leo T. McCarthy

February 5, 2007
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this evening on the death of Leo T. McCarthy, former Lieutenant Governor of California:

'Today the state of California, and indeed the nation, has lost a great leader.  Leo McCarthy was a statesman, he was a great champion for justice, and he was a dear friend and purposeful mentor to me.

'As Speaker of the California State House and Lieutenant Governor, Leo promoted a values-based agenda to educate our children, grow our economy, and protect our environment.  After he left office, as the head of the Leo T.McCarthyCenter for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco, he used these skills to teach students about promoting justice according to the highest ethical standard.

'I am proud to have called Leo friend for more than 30 years.  He encouraged me to not only support candidates, but to go into politics in my own right.

'As recently as Saturday night when I spoke to Leo, he was optimistic about the future.  He said, 'My morale is high; I am at home with my wife, and my children and my grandchildren are with me.'

'My husband Paul and I extend our deepest condolences to the many who loved Leo, especially his wife Jackie, whom he adored, and his children Sharon, Conna, Adam and Niall.  I hope it is a comfort to them that so many people are praying for them and mourning their loss at this sad time.'