Was Nancy Pelosi the real target? Paul Pelosi attacker screamed 'Where's Nancy' before assault

Was Nancy Pelosi the real target? Paul Pelosi attacker screamed 'Where's Nancy' before assault
Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi have been married since 1963 (Jemal Countess/Getty Images for TIME)

Update: The attacker who broke into Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and viciously attacked her husband Paul Pelosi with a hammer was looking for the Speaker herself and shouted, "Where's Nancy? Where's Nancy?" The suspect is said to have broke into the Pelosi residence through a sliding glass door at the back of the house. Aerial footage showed shattered glass panes at their front entrance.

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SAN FRANCISCO: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul Pelosi was "violently assaulted" by an intruder who broke into their San Francisco home early on Friday, October 28, according to a statement from the speaker's office. According to Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, "The assailant is in custody and the reason for the attack is under investigation."

According to the Daily Mail, Pelosi, who is now 82, was brought to the hospital, where he is receiving first-rate medical attention and is anticipated to recover fully. At the time, the Speaker wasn't in San Francisco, according to Hammill.

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Nancy Pelosi, who was on the campaign route for House Democrats at the time, has a full-time security detail as Speaker of the House, but her partner does not receive any form of federal protection. Pelosi is the second in line for the presidency and one of the most powerful women in the government.

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More information about the incident was not immediately available.

Paul Pelosi is a businessman from the San Francisco Bay Area. Speaker Pelosi and he married in 1963 and have five children. The pair owns a four-bedroom San Francisco home in the heart of her congressional district, which they acquired in 2007 for $2.2 million but is now estimated to be worth at least $6 million. According to a Roll Call study of her financial disclosure papers, Pelosi is one of the wealthiest members of Congress, with a fortune of $29.3 million.

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The Pelosi residence has previously been targeted. Their Pacific Heights house was vandalized overnight in January last year with a pig's head encircled by a puddle of red paint and a statement that appeared to refer to the rejected $2,000 stimulus cheques. The Democratic House Speaker, who is also 82 years old, has received threats before. Cleveland Meredith, a North Carolina man who admitted to threatening to shoot Pelosi, received a 28-month prison term last December.

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Another man, 77-year-old Arizonan Steven Martis, was given a 21-month prison term in February for threatening to kill House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in emails to her Washington, DC office. 

The attack on Paul Pelosi comes as the United States Capitol Police Department reports a 144% increase in threat incidents from 2017 to 2021.

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