Speculation as to when Nancy Pelosi would retire has been ongoing for some time, and since it is likely that she will not be Speaker in 2023 as Republicans are predicted to win back the majority in the House, many speculated that she would retire if that were the case.
The recent incident at the Pelosi home in California, where Paul Pelosi was attacked is still shrouded in confusion but just before the midterm elections one way or another bears weight on the Speaker’s plans.
On the eve of Election Day, when the Democrats are predicted to be defeated by Republicans in the House, Nancy Pelosi gave an exclusive interview with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. In the interview, cooper honed in on the question of Pelosi’s retirement.
Cooper noted that there has “been a lot of discussion about whether you’d retire if Democrats lose the House.”
The speaker responded by saying that the “decision will be affected by what happened the last week or two,” which got Cooper to ask, “Will your decision be impacted by the attack in any way?”
“Yes,” the Speaker said.
“It will?” the anchor asked.
“Yes,” she said.
In answering the question, the Speaker has said the attack on her husband would affect her decision to retire, CNN reported.
Nancy Pelosi says attacking husband will affect her decision to retire
Paul Pelosi was attacked with a hammer by a man who broke into their San Francisco home on October 28. pic.twitter.com/XcWM4vBptn
— Sprinter Monitor (@SprinterMonitor) November 8, 2022
Pelosi then recounted the moment she heard of the attack, saying that the doorbell rang and then she heard “bang, bang, bang, bang, bang on the door.”
“So I run to the door, and I’m very scared,” she said. “I see the Capitol Police and they say, ‘We have to come in to talk to you.’” “And I’m thinking my children, my grandchildren. I never thought it would be Paul because, you know, I knew he wouldn’t be out and about, shall we say. And so they came in. At that time, we didn’t even know where he was,” she said.
The 82-year-old husband of Pelosi has since returned home and the Speaker thanked everyone for their concern. “With a grateful heart I thank all who sent kind words and prayers for Paul. It’s a long road but he will be well.” “It’s going to be a long haul, but he will be well. And, it’s just so tragic how it happened, but nonetheless, we have to be optimistic. He’s surrounded by family, so that’s a wonderful thing,” she said.
“Paul came home yesterday. That enables me to be at home with all of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your kind words, and your good wishes for Paul,” she said on a video call.
Pelosi then shifted to politics, “Our security, our Democracy, our planet, our values are on the ballot. Believe that we will win — and help Get Out The Vote to make it so,” she said with an attached video.
David DePape, the man who allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi in his home, has been hit with two federal charges and six state charges.
The Department of Justice filed the charges on Monday and said that the attacker admitted that he wanted to hold House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi hostage and get her to tell the “truth” and if she did not he was prepared to break her kneecaps, it said. He said he wanted her to be wheeled into Congress as a warning to other Congressmembers that there were consequences for their actions.
“DEPAPE stated that he was going to hold Nancy hostage and talk to her. If Nancy were to tell DEPAPE the ‘truth,’ he would let her go, and if she ‘lied,’ he was going to break ‘her kneecaps. DEPAPE was certain that Nancy would not have told the ‘truth,’” the Department of Justice said.
“In the course of the interview, DEPAPE articulated he viewed Nancy as the ‘leader of the pack’ of lies told by the Democratic Party. DEPAPE also later explained that by breaking Nancy’s kneecaps, she would then have to be wheeled into Congress, which would show other Members of Congress there were to actions,” it said, and noted that “DEPAPE also explained generally that he wanted to use Nancy to lure another individual to DEPAPE”
The Department of Justice issued a press release on the suspect and the charges, Conservative Brief reports.
“According to the complaint, David Wayne DePape, 42, of Richmond, was arrested on Friday inside the Pelosi residence by San Francisco Police Department. DePape is charged with one count of assault of an immediate family member of a United States official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. DePape is also charged with one count of attempted kidnapping of a United States official on account of the performance of official duties, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison,” it said.