- Sununu doesn’t believe there’s “any need” for attack ads against Nancy Pelosi ahead of the midterms.
- On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sununu said the paramount goal at the moment is the speaker’s safety.
- “Put all the politics aside. Ignore the elections. She’s gonna get reelected fine,” he said.
New Hampshire GOP Gov. Chris Sununu on Sunday said he didn’t believe there was “any need” for attack ads against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ahead of the midterms after her husband was violently attacked in California last week.
Pelosi has been a longtime political foil for Republicans, especially in the current election cycle as they seek to regain a House majority this fall.
But during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sununu told host Chuck Todd that the top concern at the moment should be the safety of the veteran lawmaker, who has served in the House since 1987 and became the lower chamber’s first-ever female speaker in 2007 and again in 2019.
“No, I don’t think there’s any need for the attack ads,” the governor said. “All our thoughts and prayers and sympathy have to go out to Nancy Pelosi, her entire family, her husband, of course.”
Paul Pelosi was assaulted in the couple’s San Francisco residence on Friday by an intruder who broke into the home and demanded to know the location of the speaker. The speaker was not at the residence at the time.
Sununu said he wanted to see safety ensured for the speaker’s family, along with other federal lawmakers.
“Put all the politics aside. Ignore the elections. She’s gonna get reelected fine. I mean, let’s just make sure that she and her family are safe, they’re taking the right steps to make sure that not just they’re safe but hopefully extend that safety out to the other members of Congress and the Senate,” he said.
While a slew of Republicans has spoken out forcefully against the attack, former President Donald Trump — who repeatedly clashed with the speaker during his time in the White House — has not yet issued a statement on the incident.