Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken to Twitter to defend her mother’s “set up claim.”
Christine first shared a tweet from Hank Plante who wrote:
“Actually, the story is the salon owner. #Pelosi was told by the salon stylist that it was open Monday (many salons in other parts of Calif. like Palm Springs were allowed to re-open that day). Then the salon’s owner complained to Fox & supplied security-camera footage. #setup”
Christine Pelosi then shared a letter using the hashtag “#setup” from the attorney of the stylist in the Salon that serviced Nancy Pelosi.
— Christine Pelosi (@sfpelosi) September 3, 2020
The letter reads:
In response to press inquiries on the matter, Mr. De Nardo can confirm that he indeed did provide professional stylist services to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) on August 31, 2020, at the “eSalon,” located … in San Francisco, California. Mr. De Nardo, at all times, took all requisite safety measures throughout his appointment with Speaker Pelosi, including sanitation of all service areas and wearing of CDC-recommended protective equipment, and thereafter ensured the premises were similarly sanitized following Speaker Pelosi’s departure.
Mr. DeNardo has worked at eSalon for approximately six (6) years and regularly communicates with the salon owner, Erica Kious. In fact, Mr. DeNardo received advance approval from Ms. Kious the day prior to the appointment during a telephone discussion on August 29, 2020 at 9:26 pm, wherein Mr. DeNardo advised Ms. Kious that he would not proceed with Speaker Pelosi’s appointment without Mr. Kious’ authorization. Ms. Kious took special interest in the appointment during this telephone call, wherein she made several vitriolic and incendiary comments about Speaker Pelosi and her purported responsibility for temporarily suspending operations of Ms. Kious’ business, despite such orders actually being put into place not by Speaker Pelosi, but by Governor Gavin Newsome and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Ultimately, Ms. Kious authorized Mr. DeNardo to proceed with Speaker Pelosi’s appointment.
This office is in possession of photographs, videos and witness information that Ms. Kious, contrary to her prior statements to the press, has actually been operating her business during the stay-at-home orders and similar executive orders limiting in-store operations since as far back as April 2020. Ms. Kious is seen on photographs and video footage styling various clients’ hair, ignoring social distancing guidelines, and not wearing protective equipment (masks), as recently as a few days prior to Speaker Pelosi’s arrival at eSalon on August 31, 2020. What’s more, Ms. Kious has also been actively encouraging and almost forcing stylists who operate at eSalon to violate such orders for her own financial benefit in the form of receiving lease payments.
The fact that Ms. Kious is now objecting to Speaker Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and from a simple surface-level review of Ms. Kious’ political leanings, it appears Ms. Kious is furthering a set-up of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations. Mr. DeNardo’s name has now been dragged through the mud for simply following Ms. Kious’ recommendations; he wishes to move forward with his efforts to earn an income and asks that his privacy be respected during this time.
Christine Pelosi also responded to a editorial from the SF Chronicle on Twitter, writing “A shame folks editorialized without actually sharing from the stylist. #Setup”
The SF Chronicle editorial, written by the Chronicle Editorial Board, states:
“The pandemic restrictions are hardly a secret — especially in San Francisco, which has been taking the most conservative approach in the state to reopening. The city’s latest health order allowed haircuts, manicures and waxing sessions only outdoors and only as of Tuesday. Owners and stylists are experiencing a hard financial hit, and residents with unruly manes are deeply frustrated.”
It also suggests Pelosi apologize.
“An apology and an acknowledgment that few if any of her constituents not named Nancy Pelosi would have been invited into the salon in violation of city rules — setup or not — might have helped calm the kerfuffle. Instead, she kept it alive for another news cycle.”
— Christine Pelosi🗽 (@sfpelosi) September 3, 2020
Per the LA Times, Jessica Levinson, director of Loyola Law School’s Public Service Institute commented on the fallout for Nancy Pelosi by saying “For all we know she had her mask down for 15 seconds and four feet, but the damage it does is enormous.”
She added “It gives us all this great/horrible visual to look at and say, ‘Nancy Pelosi is an elitist who is totally unconcerned for working people and just cares about how she looks on national TV and Democrats don’t feel your pain.’”