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San Francisco, Oct 29 : Paul Pelosi, the husband of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is recovering from surgery after being attacked by a hammer-wielding intruder at the couple’s San Francisco home.
Pelosi, 82, suffered a fractured skull and injuries to his right arm and hands but is expected to fully recover, BBC reported. The attack has stoked fears about political violence in the run-up to the 8 November midterm elections.
The suspect, David Depape, 42, is said to have demanded to see Mrs Pelosi.
President Biden described the attack as “despicable” and denounced a corrosive political climate for contributing to violence, the BBC reported.
“Enough is enough is enough,” he said during a speech in Philadelphia. “Every person of good conscience needs to clearly and unambiguously stand up against the violence in our politics, regardless of what your politics are.”
Hours after the attack, the US government distributed a bulletin to law enforcement across the nation warning of a “heightened threat” of domestic violent extremism against candidates and election workers driven by individuals with “ideological grievances”.
However, police investigating the attack on Pelosi — which they have deemed an attempted murder — told reporters a motive had not yet been fully determined.
Nancy Pelosi — who was on the other side of the country in Washington DC at the time of the assault — flew back to see her husband in hospital, the report said.
A spokesman for the senior Democrat said Pelosi was attacked in the early hours of Friday “by an assailant who acted with force, and threatened his life while demanding to see the Speaker”.
San Francisco Police chief William Scott said when officers responded to a call, they found Pelosi and the suspect struggling over a hammer. But it was wrested from Pelosi by the intruder, who violently assaulted him with it.
The suspect was tackled and disarmed by officers. He had attempted to tie up Pelosi “until Nancy got home”, law enforcement sources told CBS News. He reportedly shouted “where’s Nancy?” during the incident.
He is also facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and several other felonies, BBC quoted Scott as saying.
He said the suspect had gained access through a rear entry to the four-bedroom Pelosi home in the upmarket neighbourhood of Pacific Heights. Footage shows a smashed glass door at the property.
The suspect is currently in hospital.
“This was not a random act,” said the police chief of the attack. “This was intentional.”
Nancy Pelosi is one of the most powerful politicians in the country. She was re-elected to a fourth term as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2021, making her second in line to the presidency after Vice-President Kamala Harris.
Her husband, the multimillionaire founder of a venture capital firm, lives primarily in San Francisco, where he was born and raised. The couple have been married since 1963 and have five children.