Next speaker of the House could be a woman

Thursday, August 2, 2001 at 1:00am

San Francisco's Nancy Pelosi is bicoastal. She spends her weekdays at work in the U.S. Capitol. On the weekends, she lives at home in the country's most beautiful city.

The culture shock hits on Tuesday.

"I come back East invigorated with the spirit of the West," Pelosi says. "It's in the air we breathe, the water we drink. I find myself meeting the old ways of doing things, having to fit into what's going on here."

This forward-thinking "time warp" is Pelosi's pitch for party leadership. The California lawmaker is promising to upgrade the Democrats into a state-of-the-art rival to the majority Republicans.

We'll soon learn the power of that pitch.

Minority whip David Bonior, D-Mich., is expected to announce his campaign for Michigan governor. Democratic leader Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., will then call an election to replace him. If Pelosi beats Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer of Maryland

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