WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked and severely beaten with a hammer by an assailant who broke into his San Francisco home early Friday morning, people familiar with the investigation said.
Pelosi, 82, suffered blunt force injuries to her head and body, according to two people who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.
Attacks were not random. The attackers specifically targeted homes, people said. The perpetrator was in custody.
Pelosi was being treated by doctors for bruising, severe swelling, and other injuries. Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hamill said he is expected to make a full recovery.
“The speaker and her family thank the first responders and medical professionals involved and request privacy at this time,” Hamill said in a statement.
The circumstances of the attack are unknown, but it calls into question the safety of members of Congress and their families as threats to lawmakers reach an all-time high almost two years after the deadly riots on the Capitol. increase. The attacks also came just 11 days before the midterm elections, when crime and public safety have emerged as top concerns for Americans.
In 2021, Capitol Police investigated nearly 9,600 threats made against members of Congress, who have faced violent attacks in recent years. Former Arizona Democrat Gabriel Giffords was shot in the head at an event outside a Tucson grocery store in 2011. 2017 baseball team practices.
Members of Congress received extra dollars for home security, but as people show up in their homes and the number of threatening communications members receive increases, some say more protection. I am looking for
Capitol Police, which is tasked with protecting congressional leaders, said Nancy Pelosi was with her protection details in Washington when her husband was attacked. He just returned and will be keynote speaker at Saturday night’s advocacy event with Vice President Kamala Harris.
Capitol Police said the FBI and San Francisco police were also investigating. The suspect is in custody of the San Francisco Police Department.
Paul Pelosi, who often accompanies Nancy Pelosi at formal events in Washington, is a wealthy investor who mostly stays on the West Coast. They have him five adult children and many grandchildren. The two have been married for 59 years.
Earlier this year, Paul Pelosi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor misdemeanor charges related to May clashes in California’s wine country and was sentenced to five days in prison and three years’ probation.
President Joe Biden and lawmakers from both parties reacted with shock to the attack, expressing their congratulations to the Pelosi family.
“What happened to Paul Pelosi was a despicable act,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said. his speedy recovery.
“Over the past 20 years, we have attended many events with Pelosi. We have had many opportunities to speak with our family about the challenges of being part of a political family. I’m thinking about it,” tweeted Sen. Roy Brandt, R-Mo.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said President Joe Biden has also been in touch with Nancy Pelosi.
“The president is praying for Paul Pelosi and the entire family of House Speaker Pelosi,” Jean-Pierre said. “This morning he called House Speaker Pelosi to express his support for this horrific attack. He is also very pleased that a full recovery is expected. and ask that the family’s wishes for privacy be respected.”
Pelosi’s home in the affluent Pacific Heights neighborhood has been the scene of several protests over the past few years. After a video showed Nancy Pelosi getting her hair done at a salon, a stylist protested outside with a curling iron after many closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to my visit to Taiwan, members of the Chinese community staged a protest outside. And during the debate over federal stimulus, protesters scribbled anarchy signs in black paint on garage doors, writing “Cancel the rent” and “I want it all.” rice field.
Congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro and staff writer Mary Claire Jaronic contributed to this report.
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