House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (above) and Rep. Jane Harman had had a chilly relationship.
“Harman went from being a pretty significant player in a very important policy area to becoming just another member,” another Democrat aide recalled of that time period.
Harman’s lobbying effort backfired, hurting more than helping her.
“And the thing about Pelosi is that once you’re on her bad side, you’re there and you don’t get off.”
So in 2007, with Democrats in the majority and the issue of the Iraq War front and center, Harman served on the lower-profile Homeland Security Committee. That same year, Pelosi’s profile soared as she served as the first female Speaker and a prominent voice for the Democratic Party. Harman’s fate was sealed, and according to several aides, she has considered leaving Congress ever since.
“Pelosi did Jane Harman away,” the former Democratic leadership aide said. “She’s not governor, she’s not the ranking or the chairman of Intelligence, she has no platform to do anything. When Pelosi got word that Jane Harman is leaving, she probably had a little smile on her face.”