Paul Pelosi ‘looks like Frankenstein’ after being hit in the head with a hammer, his daughter Alexandra has joked – saying his scars are healing, but she worries about the lasting emotional impact.
Paul Pelosi, 82, was attacked in the early hours of October 28 by a man who broke into the San Francisco home he shared with his wife Nancy, the Speaker of the House. She was away at the time but Paul was attacked and left with a fractured skull.
On December 4, Paul was seen in public for the first time since the attack, joining his wife at the Kennedy Center Honors.
But Alexandra Pelosi, a 52-year-old filmmaker, said her father still had a long way to go to fully recover.
“He’s getting better every day. Thanks for asking,’ she told CBS News’ John Dickerson, in an interview that will air in full on Sunday.
“Scars heal. I mean, he looks like Frankenstein. The scars heal.
“But I think the emotional scars, I don’t know if they ever heal.”
Alexandra Pelosi spoke to CBS News about her new documentary about her mother Nancy – and was asked how her father Paul was recovering from his stroke
Paul Pelosi and his wife Nancy are seen in September 2022 – a month before Paul was attacked by an intruder, who broke into their San Francisco home and hit him with a hammer
On Dec. 4, Paul Pelosi joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box to view the Kennedy Center Honors — the annual televised ceremony. It was his first outing in public and he wore a black hat and a glove on his left hand
At one point, he could be seen smiling and pointing at the president, who smiled and waved back while Vice President Kamala Harris smiled.
Alexandra, a mother of two and the youngest of five, said she had not slept since the night of the attack.
And she expressed her anger at her mother’s political opponents by laughing at the attack on her father.
“I don’t care who you are or who you vote for. Nobody should find it funny that an 82-year-old man was attacked in the middle of the night,” she said.
“And yet, like, a sitting governor and an aspiring governor and members of Congress were laughing about it.”
His attacker, David DePape, 42, is being held and has pleaded not guilty to a series of federal and state charges against him.
The federal charges include kidnapping and one count of assault on a family member of a US official.
He will then appear in federal court on February 8.
Alexandra was speaking to CBS News to promote her new documentary about her mother, which will air on HBO next week.
Nancy, also 82, steps down as Speaker of the House at the end of this month and will be replaced as Democratic leader by Hakeem Jeffries when the new Congress meets on January 3.
David DePape, a fringe activist drawn to conspiracy theories, has been charged federally with kidnapping and assaulting a federal official, and charged statewide with attempted murder, burglary and elder abuse .
When officers responded to Paul Pelosi’s 911 call at the San Francisco home, they found Paul Pelosi and DePape fighting over a hammer, according to the six-page indictment.
An officer ordered DePape to drop the hammer, he replied, “ummm no,” before swinging it forcefully at Paul Pelosi, according to the indictment. Police registered the house on October 28
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen Thursday in one of her final press conferences as Democratic leader
Nancy Pelosi became Speaker of the House in 2007, she is shown above after being sworn in, surrounded by her grandchildren and the children of other members of Congress
The Speaker of the House will be a Republican – Kevin McCarthy was nominated in November as the likely leader, but he is battling to maintain momentum ahead of the official swearing-in in January.
Nancy Pelosi is not retiring from Congress and was re-elected to serve as a congresswoman representing San Francisco until 2024.
However, there has been speculation that Alexandra will seek to replace her mother in Congress when she finally retires.
Alexandra, who lives in Manhattan with her Dutch journalist husband Michiel Vos and their children, did not comment on the speculation.
As early as 2011, she said her mother was ready to step down from frontline politics.
“She would retire now, if the donors she has didn’t want her to stay so bad,” she said.
“They know she wants to leave, though. They think it’s destined for the desert. He has very few days left.
“She is 71 years old, she wants to have a life, she is finished. It’s a must, that’s all I’m saying.