here has to be some Republican votes on issues.”
“The good news is she has the reputation that she may be easier to deal more with Republicans than Bonior,” said Julie Hughes, vice president of international trade at the U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel. “But on the other hand, when it comes to what will happen with trade legislation, I’m not sure she is going to be changing outcomes.”
Pelosi divides her time between Washington during the week and San Francisco on the weekends, where she lives in Pacific Heights in a home designed by the late San Francisco architect Gardner Dailey.
Among her local friends is Denise Minnelli Hale, the widow of Prentis Cobb Hale, whose family owned Carter Hawley Hale Stores until it was bought by Federated Department Stores. Hale said Pelosi is “extremely focused and perceptive.”
“Nancy and my husband, who was a Republican, never agreed on anything, but they were the best of friends,” recalled Hale, remembering how the two eventually had a meeting of the minds on NAFTA. “My husband called her up and said, ‘It’s the first thing we agree on.”‘
Another retail connection to the congresswoman, Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of Esprit, said Pelosi isn’t “one of the politicians who’s following the fold.”
Buell, who sold Esprit about 10 years ago and is now a Democratic fund-raiser who knows Pelosi through party circles, said, “She’s acting out of her beliefs in life, not what someone told her to do.”