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Pelosi makes first public remarks since husband’s assault

Nov 3, 2022, 11:32 PM | Updated: Nov 6, 2022, 5:57 am
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, N...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her home in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Security cameras are shown on the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi, in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, middle, is escorted to a vehicle outside of her and husband Paul Pelosi's home in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins speaks with reporters following a court hearing for David DePape, the man accused of attacking the husband of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. A San Francisco judge disclosed Friday that she had worked with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's daughter in the 1990s, giving prosecutors and the public defender's office the opportunity to object to her role in the case. Jenkins said the case might be heard by another judge regardless of the disclosure. (AP Photo/Olga Rodriguez)
            
              FILE - Christine Pelosi walks to the dais to speak before an Assembly subcommittee in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 28, 2017. A San Francisco judge disclosed Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, that she had worked with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's daughter, Christine Pelosi, in the 1990s, giving prosecutors and the public defender's office the opportunity to object to her role in the case against a man who is accused of breaking into the Pelosi home, beating her husband and seeking to kidnap the speaker. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
            
              FILE - Paul Pelosi, right, the husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, follows his wife as she arrives for her weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 17, 2022. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says her husband, Paul Pelosi, was released from the hospital Thursday, Nov. 3, after his treatment for injuries from a violent assault last week. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
            
              FILE - David DePape is shown in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. A federal official says that DePape, a Canadian man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and attacking her husband with a hammer should have been flagged by immigration officials and denied re-entry to the U.S. after overstaying his authorized entry more than two decades ago. (Michael Short/San Francisco Chronicle via AP, File)
            
              FILE - David DePape, right, records the nude wedding of Gypsy Taub outside City Hall on Dec. 19, 2013, in San Francisco. A federal official says that DePape, a Canadian man accused of breaking into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco home and attacking her husband with a hammer, should have been flagged by immigration officials and denied re-entry to the U.S. after overstaying his authorized entry more than two decades ago. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg,File)
            
              House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is escorted to a vehicle outside of her and husband Paul Pelosi's home in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
            
              Officials wait outside the home of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her husband, Paul Pelosi, in San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in her first public appearance since the brutal attack on her husband, rallied grassroots activists Friday, saying the midterm elections for control of Congress are a fight for democracy and “very winnable.”

“People say to me, ‘What can I do to make you feel better?’ I say: ‘Vote!'” Pelosi told those on the call.

“I believe that this race is very winnable,” Pelosi said.

Her voice cracked at times as she said of her husband’s recovery, “It’s going to be a long haul.”

Pelosi thanked those on a video call for the outpouring of support for Paul Pelosi, 82, who suffered a fractured skull and other injuries after an intruder broke into their San Francisco home late last week and bludgeoned him with a hammer in what authorities say was an intentional and political attack.

The Democratic leader spoke in the early morning from California, where her husband was released from the hospital late Thursday, her voice breaking throughout the lengthy but upbeat address.

“What we are doing is not only to win an election, but this is to strengthen our democracy,” Pelosi said. “There is no question that our democracy is on the ballot.”

The speaker’s comments come as Democrats are facing a stiff fight for control of Congress in the midterm elections Tuesday, as energized Republicans are working to flip the House and Senate and end Democratic hold on Washington.

David DePape, 42, is being held without bail on state charges of attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse. DePape’s public defender, Adam Lipson, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf earlier this week and has pledged to vigorously defend him. Lipson declined to comment Friday.

At a hearing Friday, a San Francisco judge disclosed that she had worked with Speaker Pelosi’s daughter in the 1990s, giving prosecutors and the public defender’s office the opportunity to object to her role in the case.

Judge Loretta “Lori” Giorgi said she and Christine Pelosi had worked together in the San Francisco city attorney’s office in the 1990s but had not interacted in years. Christine is one of the Pelosis’ five adult children and while she has never held elected office, she’s considered to be a potential successor when Pelosi retires from her House seat.

In court filings released earlier this week, officials said DePape broke into the home, carrying zip ties, tape and a rope in a backpack. He woke up Paul Pelosi and demanded to talk to “Nancy,” who was out of town. Two officers who raced to the home after Paul Pelosi’s 911 call witnessed DePape hit him in the head with the hammer.

No one objected during Friday’s hearing to Giorgi’s ties to the Pelosi family but either side could in the future and San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said the case might be heard by another judge regardless. The public defender’s office did not immediately have a comment.

“I do want to make a disclosure on the record that the daughter of Mr. Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, and I were in the city attorney’s office together in the 90s,” Giorgi told the court. “And I have disclosed to counsel the interactions that I had when she and I were together. I haven’t seen or heard or talked to Ms. Pelosi after she left the office. I do see her here today.”

Giorgi worked in the city attorney’s office from 1985 to 2006, when she was appointed to the bench. She rose to the rank of deputy city attorney and was the office’s public integrity chief.

Christine Pelosi attended Friday’s hearing but seemed to leave through a back door in order to avoid media waiting in the hallway. She entered the courtroom right before the proceeding started and sat in the front row away from reporters.

Christine Pelosi is active in California and national Democratic politics. In 2019, she released a book about her mother titled “The Nancy Pelosi Way.” In 2017, as chair of the California Democratic Party’s women’s caucus, she was actively involved in the #MeToo movement as it took shape in the state capital.

The city attorney’s office did not immediately respond to a request for details of Giorgi and Christine Pelosi’s employment.

DePape, who is Canadian, overstayed his authorized entry to the U.S. more than two decades ago. He should have been blocked from getting back into the country when he returned a few times over the years, according to a U.S. official who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.

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Mascaro reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Stefanie Dazio in Los Angeles, Elliot Spagat in San Diego and Kathleen Ronayne in Sacramento, California, contributed to this story.

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Pelosi makes first public remarks since husband’s assault