Pelosi’s Reason For Retirement

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA.) relayed that her decision to retire should Democrats lose the House on Tuesday (November 8) will be determined by the attack on her husband more than anything else.

Speaking to CNN’s Anderson Cooper in her first sit-down interview since the attack on her husband, Paul Pelosi, the House Speaker said she would decide to retire based on “what happened the last week or two.”

When Cooper asked if she was referring to the attack on her husband, Pelosi responded, “yes.”

The comments by the House Speaker come less than two weeks after her husband was attacked at the couple’s San Francisco home.

Authorities allege the attacker, David DePape, 42, broke into the couple’s home through a glass door. When in the house, DePape confronted Paul Pelosi, threatening to hold the House Speaker hostage and hitting Paul Pelosi over the head with a hammer.

At the time of the attack, Pelosi was in Washington, D.C.

Pelosi, 82, had promised in 2018, that at the end of this term she would give up the gavel, but Democrats believed that would be unlikely if the party pulls an upset and retains its House majority.

DePape’s attack is believed to be motivated by right-wing ideologies he’s held, but his motive hasn’t been confirmed.

However, DePape has had state and federal charges levied against him, including attempted kidnapping and attempted murder. He faces 13 years in prison for state charges — which he entered a not-guilty plea for — and life in prison for federal charges.