House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is rooting for the San Francisco 49ers when they face the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.
That would not be newsworthy except that Pelosi, D-San Francisco, was born and raised in Baltimore and her father Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. and brother Thomas D’Alesandro III both served as mayor of that city.
“It’s pretty exciting for me to have two of my favorite teams going into the Super Bowl,” Pelosi told reporters in San Francisco today.
She said despite her Baltimore ties, she is pulling for the 49ers.
“I’ve been a Baltimore sports fan growing up, but now raising my children in San Francisco, I’m a San Francisco sports fan,” Pelosi said.
“That’s my constituency and that’s who I support.”
However, she said she is not making any friendly bets on the game out of respect for her past.
“I’m not rooting against Baltimore, I’m rooting for San Francisco,” she said.
Pelosi joked that her competing interests are not nearly as bad as the parents of the 49ers and Ravens head coaches, brothers Jim and John Harbaugh.
“I don’t know anyone who’s in a harder place than the Harbaugh parents,” she said. “Isn’t that something quite remarkable?
Dan McMenamin, Bay City News