The husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, was brutally beaten by an intruder inside the couple’s home in San Francisco.
Early Friday morning, an assailant with a hammer broke into the Pelosi home in search of Nancy. Sources told CNBC the man was searching for the House speaker, shouting, “Where is Nancy, where is Nancy?” However, Nancy was not at the San Francisco home at the time.
The suspect then severely beat Pelosi’s 82-year-old husband, Paul, leaving him with extreme bruising, swelling and other injuries, The Associated Press reports. Paul’s spokesman, Drew Hammil, says he’s expected to make a full recovery.
The suspect has been identified as 42-year-old David DePape. He is being charged with attempted homicide, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, “and several other additional felonies,” San Francisco Police Chief William Scott confirmed at a press conference Friday.
The attack comes as the midterms are under two weeks away and a year after Capitol Police reported about 9,600 threats that have been made against Congresswomen and Congressmen.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre says President Joe Biden has reached out to the Pelosi family since the attack.
“The President is praying for Paul Pelosi and for Speaker Pelosi’s whole family,” Jean-Pierre said, AP News reports. “This morning he called Speaker Pelosi to express his support after this horrible attack. He is also very glad that a full recovery is expected. The president continues to condemn all violence, and asks that the family’s desire for privacy be respected.”
“The Speaker and her family are grateful to the first responders and medical professionals involved, and request privacy at this time,” said Hammil.