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Pelosi says attack on husband affects decision on whether to retire from Congress

Pelosi made the comment in her first full interview since the Oct. 28 attack on her husband.

Published: November 8, 2022 7:59am

Updated: November 8, 2022 10:02am

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the recent attack on her husband will affect her decision on whether to retire from Congress if Democrats lose control of the chamber as a result of the midterm elections. 

"I have to say my decision will be affected about what happened the last week or two," said Pelosi during a CNN interview that aired Monday.

The California Democrat's husband, Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in the couple's San Francisco home Oct. 28 by an intruder who struck him in the head with a hammer, fracturing his skull, which required surgery and a roughly week-long hospital stay. 

Alleged assailant David DePape, 42, reportedly planned to take Pelosi hostage and interrogate her.

DePape has been charged with two federal crimes and six state felonies including attempted kidnapping of a federal official on account of the performance of official duties and assault of an immediate family member of a federal official with the intent to retaliate against the official on account of the performance of official duties.

Pelosi, who has been in Congress for 35 years, also said during the interview: "For me, this is really the hard part because Paul was not the target and he is the one who is paying the price."

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