The House speaker’s husband was hospitalized but is expected to recover. The motive for the attack is under investigation.
Someone broke into the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and assaulted her husband, Paul Pelosi, her office said Friday.
“Early this morning, an assailant broke into the Pelosi residence in San Francisco and violently assaulted Mr. Pelosi,” a spokesman for the speaker said in a statement.
Police arrested the attacker and are investigating the motivation, according to Nancy Pelosi’s office. The speaker was not in San Francisco at the time. Their home has been vandalized repeatedly in recent years.
“Mr. Pelosi was taken to the hospital, where he is receiving excellent medical care and is expected to make a full recovery,” the spokesman said.
The U.S. Capitol Police announced they and and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are helping San Francisco police investigate the attack. Sources told The Associated Press that the assailant used a hammer and that Paul Pelosi suffered blunt force trauma to his head and body.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called the attack “a dastardly act.” The White House said President Joe Biden called Nancy Pelosi to express support.
The attack comes amid heightened concerns over both crime and political violence. Within minutes of Pelosi’s statement, a Fox News host described the attack as an example of how “crime hits everybody.”
Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier, whose district includes part of San Francisco, suggested the attack could be political.
“While the motive is still unknown we know where this kind of violence is sanctioned and modeled,” Speier said on Twitter.
Nancy Pelosi is one of the best-known politicians in the country. She is also one of the most vilified Democrats in Republican campaigns, which invoke her name as a symbol of beltway liberalism.
In August, Paul Pelosi pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence. He also has faced scrutiny for his stock trades, and some lawmakers have pushed for a ban on members’ spouses trading stocks.