US House Speaker Pelosi’s Husband ‘Violently Assaulted’ – Pelosi Statement

WASHINGTON, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Paul Pelosi, the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was “violently assaulted” after breaking into the couple’s San Francisco home early on Friday, her office said in a statement.

“The attacker is in custody and the motive behind the attack is under investigation,” the statement said. “Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery.”

The Democratic speaker of the US House of Representatives, who is second in line to the presidency, was not at home at the time of the early morning attack.

The circumstances of the attack are unclear, including how the intruder got into the home.

A San Francisco Police Department spokesman and a spokeswoman for Nancy Pelosi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The attack comes less than two weeks before the Nov. 8 midterm elections, where control of the House and Senate is at stake.

As a Democratic leader in Washington and a longtime representative of one of America’s most liberal cities, Pelosi has been a frequent target of Republican criticism and frequently featured in attack ads. On January 6, 2021, his office was ransacked during an attack on the US capital by supporters of then-Republican President Donald Trump, some of whom hunted him during the attack.

In January 2021, his home was found with graffiti reading “Cancel the rent” and “We want everything” painted on the house and a pig’s head left in front of the garage, according to media reports.

Prominent Republicans such as Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell have also been targeted for sabotage.

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Paul Pelosi, 82, who owns a San Francisco-based real estate and venture capital firm, was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after being involved in a car accident in May. He was sentenced to five days in jail in Napa County, California.

Additional reporting by Doina Chiaku; Editing by Andy Sullivan, Susan Hevey and Jonathan Otis

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