Nancy Pelosi and a donkey named Adlai

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"The names they told me my donkey would be [were] Adlai, Estes [and] Averell," she said, referring to Gov. Adlai Stevenson (Ill.), Sen. Estes Kefauver (Tenn.) and New York's Averell Harriman — the leading contenders for the nomination that year.

"We didn't have any names like that in the neighborhood," Pelosi quipped, referring to her Baltimore upbringing. "Of course, it ended up being Adlai."

Stevenson lost the 1952 race to Dwight Eisenhower. Pelosi didn't mention what became of Adlai.