Nancy Pelosi defends altered photo of Democratic women

Posted Jan. 05, 2013, at 6:16 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 05, 2013, at 6:32 a.m.
Several members of Congress were added digitally to this photo released by  Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office. At the front is Maine First District Rep. Chellie Pingree, who appears in the original version of the photo.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Facebook page
Several members of Congress were added digitally to this photo released by Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's office. At the front is Maine First District Rep. Chellie Pingree, who appears in the original version of the photo.

The office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) digitally added several female members to a photograph intended to include all of the women in the House Democratic Caucus.

While dozens of members turned out for the Thursday photo-op, some weren’t able to make it on time, ABC News reported. Rep. Debbie Wassermann Schultz (D-Fla.), the chair of the Democratic National Committee, was among the members who were added to the photo.

In addition to Wasserman Schultz, ABC News also spotted Reps. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) showing up late. Each of the four were added to the photograph.

When asked about the doctored photo, which was posted on Pelosi’s Facebook and Flickr pages, the Democratic leader defended the decision.

“It’s an accurate historical record of who the Democratic women of Congress are. It also is an accurate record that it was freezing cold and our members had been waiting a long time for everyone to arrive and that they had to get back into the building to greet constituents, family members, to get ready to go to the floor,” she said.

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