House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in her first public appearance sinceOn her husband, while rallying grassroot level workers on Friday, told that Democracy and a “very winnable” fight for control of Congress.
“People tell me, ‘What can I do to make you feel better?’ I say: ‘Vote!'” Pelosi told workers on the call.
“I believe this race is very much worth winning,” she said.
She talked about her husband’s recovery, at times his voice cracked. “It’s going to be a long race,” she said, said 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, who suffered a fractured skull and other injuries after an intruder broke into his San Francisco home last weekend and officers who Said he had hit him with a hammer. A deliberate and political attack.
Nancy Pelosi thanked those who called for support after the attack. She spoke early in the morning from California, where her husband was discharged from the hospital late Thursday, his voice breaking during a long but upbeat speech.
“What we are doing is not only to win the election, but it is to strengthen our democracy,” Pelosi said. “There is no question that our democracy is on the ballot.”
The speaker’s remarks come as Democrats face a tough fight for control of Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections, as active Republicans work to overturn the House and Senate and end the Democratic hold on Washington .
David Deppe, 42, is being held without bail on state charges of attempted murder, theft and aggravated misdemeanor. DePape’s public defender, Adam Lipson, filed a not-guilty plea on her behalf earlier this week and pledged to defend her vigorously. Lipson declined to comment on Friday.
At a hearing Friday, a San Francisco judge revealed that he had worked with Speaker Pelosi’s daughter in the 1990s, giving prosecutors and the Public Protector’s Office an opportunity to object to her role in the case.
Judge Loretta “Lori” Giorgi said she and Christine Pelosi worked together at the San Francisco city attorney’s office in the 1990s, but had not spoken in years. Christine is one of Pelosi’s five adult children and while she has never held elected office, she is considered a potential successor when Pelosi retires from her House seat.
In court filings released earlier this week, officials said Deppe broke into the home, carrying zip ties, tape and a rope in a backpack. She woke Paul Pelosi and demanded to speak to “Nancy”, who was out of town. Two officers running home after Paul Pelosi’s 911 call saw Depp hit him in the head with a hammer.
No one objected during Friday’s hearing on Giorgi’s relationship with the Pelosi family, but either side could in the future, and San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins said the case could be heard by another judge. The public defender’s office did not immediately comment.
“I want to make a disclosure on the record that Mr. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, and I were in the city attorney’s office together in the ’90s,” Giorgi told the court. “And I have disclosed to give advice that he and I interacted when we were together. I haven’t seen or heard or talked to Ms. Pelosi since she left office. I see her here today.”
Giorgi served in the City Attorney’s office from 1985 to 2006, when he was appointed to the bench. She rose to the rank of deputy city attorney and was the public integrity chief of the office.
Christine Pelosi attended Friday’s hearing but was seen walking out the back door to avoid waiting for the media in the hallway. She entered the courtroom just before the proceedings began and sat in the front row away from the journalists.
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 employment details of Giorgi and Christine Pelosi.