July 9th, 2009
04:09 PM ET
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scotched plans for a vote on a resolution honoring Michael Jacksonas an "accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment" and a "global humanitarian."
Pelosi called Jackson a "great, great performer", but opined "I don't think it's necessary" to pass a resolution praising him, according to CNN Congressional producer Deirdre Walsh.
She acknowledged that opening the resolution to debate could create an unseemly spectacle with some members of the House potentially expressing "contrary views" about the entertainer.
One of those contrary views comes from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who posted a video to YouTube denouncing Jackson as a "low-life, a "pervert" and a "pedophile." He had vowed to block the resolution.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), who spoke at Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles Tuesday, had introduced the resolution "honoring an American legend and musical icon."
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