Comment by Jim Campbell
March 28th, 2020
Nancy Pelosi could have rejected her father’s lifestyle, she found it suited her like a pair of leather gloves.
Raised by a family connected to the Baltimore Mafia.
The Baltimore Sun
By Colin Campbell
Oct 20, 2019
Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. and his wife Nancy pose for a photo with their children including Thomas D’Alesandro III on the far right. (File photo)
The D’Alesandro family, a political dynasty with two former Baltimore mayors and the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives to its name, rose from a small house on Albemarle Street in Little Italy.
And while the second mayor in the family, Thomas D’Alesandro III, had been out of office for nearly a half-century at the time of his death Sunday, his sister Nancy Pelosi is speaker of the House of Representatives, third from the presidency and the top-ranking Democrat in Congress.
The large Italian family’s political power derived from a knowledge of how Baltimore worked and an understanding of how to bring the city’s factions together, said Julian L. “Jack” Lapides, a former longtime state senator.
“They stayed in Little Italy,” Lapides said. “They were proud of their roots. They didn’t move outward.
They stuck to the neighborhoods, and they thought the neighborhoods were the most important thing in the city.
We’ve always been a city of neighborhoods, and they were fabulous at recognizing it.”