President Biden has passed over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be US ambassador to the Vatican — dashing rampant speculation in DC that she would take the gig as a step toward retirement.
Biden instead chose as his emissary to Pope Francis former Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.).
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill grumbled on Twitter about talk that the 81-year-old speaker would step aside for the overseas post.
“It’s not a rumor when you’ve been told repeatedly it’s false,” Hammill tweeted in response to journalist Jake Sherman, who had written that “[t]he rumor that @SpeakerPelosi would be named ambassador to the Vatican can be put to rest.”
Pelosi is a Catholic who often speaks about her religious faith, but her stance in favor of