Pelosi Appoints First Black House Sergeant At Arms

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has appointed the commander of the D.C. National Guard to be the new House Sergeant at Arms, putting him on track to be the first African American to hold the role.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1366872
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“I know a guy…”

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Freak Time, first a woman and now a black person… o’ me, o’ my…

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As GQP heads explode, the rest of the country celebrates diversity, competency, and honor.

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Pelosi makes a great choice—and pisses off the GQP at the same time.

Win/win!

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And a Very Happy Birthday to Nancy Pelosi!

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Part of me thinks maybe that’s the best part of all this.

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OT from another thread

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I wonder if a Representative from San Fran is sending a message to a New York Con Man and his Minority Caucus Insurection Enablers? Or maybe the Georgia Republicans White Citizens Council.

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Ha Ha!

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Not sure I’m good with this one. Don’t see anywhere anything that indicates that he would step down from his role as the head of the D.C. National Guard.

The House Sergeant-at-Arms is answerable only to the Legislative branch, do we really want someone in there who also answers to the Executive branch?

Also, now will he be sending his own requests for reinforcements to himself to sign off on…

Lotta potential conflict of interests here.

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If I ever saw a woman giving me that look, I’d be heading for the hills, pronto.

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I’m always of two minds about these regional boycotts. I get that people feel a need to register their protest meaningfully. At the same time, the more commerce and prosperity, the bluer a region becomes. Delta in Atlanta has been a gift

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His historic appointment as the first Black American to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms is an important step forward for this institution and our nation,” Pelosi said in a statement. The California Democrat also noted that Walker had a long career as a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

That should scare the crap out of certain GQP Representatives. A metal detector and Daisy the drug beagle, at the door of the House?

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He cannot hold both positions.

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What blocks it? I can’t find anything that indicates whether his position at the D.C. National Guard is a full-time active duty one or not. If not, not tracking anything that prevents him taking a civilian position like any other part-time NG member.

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Owning the reactionaries.

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FWIW, Politico has the following. Not sure if “was” is truly past tense or not. Would be nice if all these reports could clarify that important point.

Walker was the 23rd commanding general of the D.C. National Guard and previously spent three decades as a guardsman and DEA agent.

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SAA is a full-time position.