Call it political stage fright.
Or perhaps fear of igniting a political firestorm over Michael Jackson, the fallen “King of Pop.”
Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday she saw no need to vote on a resolution honoring the musical icon, who had been dogged by unproven allegations of child sexual abuse and acquitted of such charges in 2005.
“What I have said to my colleagues over the years … is that there is opportunity on the floor of the House to express their sympathy or their praise any time that they wish.”
But, she called unnecessary a resolution saluting Jackson as a “global humanitarian” in the fight against AIDS and hunger, and ”an accomplished contributor” to the arts and entertainment.