Pelosi Looks to Clarify Stance on Proposed Mosque Near Ground Zero

Posted August 18, 2010 at 1:01pm

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is clarifying her position on the proposed mosque near ground zero after she told a local radio station that she supports an investigation into who is funding opposition to the Islamic center.

Pelosi raised eyebrows Wednesday morning after telling KCBS Radio in San Francisco that she backed a probe into who is trying to politicize the decision over whether to build a mosque near the site of the 9/11 attacks, which she said should be a local issue. She speculated that the issue is being “ginned up” to help Republican candidates.

“There’s no question that there’s a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some,” Pelosi said. “I join those who have called for looking into how … this opposition to the mosque [is] being funded.

The California Democrat later clarified that she was endorsing a statement by Interfaith Alliance, which not only calls for greater transparency in who is funding attacks against the center being built, but also who is funding the effort to build the center itself.

“We agree with the [Anti-Defamation League] that there is a need for transparency about who is funding the effort to build this Islamic center. At the same time, we should also ask who is funding the attacks against the construction of the center,” reads the Interfaith Alliance statement.