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Pelosi Skips Town Amid 'Fiscal Cliff' Talks

Attends birthday party and funeral.

10:17 AM, Dec 14, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A day after complaining that the "fiscal cliff" negotiations are "getting boring," Nancy Pelosi was spotted yesterday afternoon skipping town.

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She was comfortably situated in first class on United Airlines flight 1460, which was scheduled to leave Dulles Airport at 2:53 p.m. and arrive in San Francisco 5:57 p.m. A list on United's website of those who were on the upgrade standby list reveals that PEL, N. (presumably, Nancy Pelosi) was upgraded to seat 4F, a window seat in first class.

Pelosi represents California's 8th Congressional District, which covers mainly San Francisco.

"She went home for a funeral of a friend who passed away this week," Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill confirms. "Services are this morning."

Pelosi's office would not reveal which friend of Pelosi's had passed away, and criticized this reporter as being in "poor taste to ask about what funeral she is attending."

Not to worry, Hammill insists, Pelosi will still be able to help work out the "fiscal cliff" negotiations. "Just as Speaker Boehner's spokesman has pointed out with respect to Ohio, California has many airports and cell phone service," writes Hammill in an email.

House speaker John Boehner is returning to his home state of Ohio this weekend, amid "fiscal cliff" negotiations.

Somebody who spotted Pelosi says that she was overheard talking about getting back to San Francisco for "John's birthday." The birthday party, according to this person, was supposed to be last night. 

Pelosi's office would not confirm this detail -- or say who John is. 

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