Nancy D'Alesandro and Paul PelosiThe political career of California congresswoman Nancy D'Alesandro stretches back to the 1960s‚ when she graduated from Trinity College in Washington‚ D.C. She married former congressman Paul Pelosi‚ who had also been a member of the Democratic National Committee. The couple have five children and nine grandchildren. Nancy is the daughter of a politician and a former banker.
Nancy Pelosi‚ House Speaker had just encouraged Brown University graduate to be resilient and call on their higher angels for Memorial Day weekend. But she was then forced to focus her attention on a more troubling situation: the arrest of her husband in California. It was not a flattering incident. Paul Pelosi (82)‚ had arrived in Oakville on May 28th. He was one of the most exclusive areas in the country. Alexander Mehran‚ an old friend and Democratic donor‚ hosted a small dinner at his hedgerow-lined property. Subscribe to The Morning Newsletter from The New York Times Paul Pelosi took to the road in his black 2021 Porsche % and drove the six miles to Pelosis' Napa Valley home. According to eyewitnesses and a police report‚ it was about 10 p.m. After driving for a bit more than half an mile‚ he tried to make a left and cross State Route 29. As he was turning onto the road‚ a Jeep came down the highway. He was arrested by police who responded on suspicion that he had been driving while under the influence and driving with an alcohol concentration of.08 or more. His court appearance is scheduled for Aug. He will then be charged with criminal offenses. (The Jeep driver was not taken into custody. Paul Pelosi may have had to stop driving because of alcohol. According to two people familiar with the Pelosis' story‚ Paul Pelosi had undergone cataract surgery within the day before the accident. There are a variety of estimates from doctors as to when driving is safe. They range between 24 hours and two weeks. He jumped into crisis mode. Larry Kamer was retained by the speaker‚ who is a crisis manager with a Napa home and worked for prominent clients like Nike and Harvard University. John Keker was a prominent San Francisco defense lawyer. Lee Houskeeper is a public relations professional who has worked with many San Francisco politicians‚ including Willie Brown. A few things were certain for the newly formed team: Paul Pelosi would be focusing attention again on his poor driving record. He also had a car accident as a teenager‚ which left his brother in death. The accident would send journalists from TMZ and The Napa Valley Register scrambling for every detail. It would also shine a light on California's Pelosis life. The couple owns two houses‚ one of which is a gated estate measuring 16.55 acres. They mix with wealthy residents at a time economic hardship is affecting many others. A representative of Nancy Pelosi made a short statement emphasizing Nancy Pelosi’s distance from the accident. This private matter occurred while the speaker was in New York. "Everybody in San Francisco now Has a Napa Place" Since 1990‚ the Pelosis own a Napa Valley weekend home. They paid $2.35million for it. It included a Palladian-style guesthouse‚ villa and pool. Brown stated that it's not an elaborate palace. You will see caves used for wine storage and other stuff if you climb up to the top. They don't have that. You can live there without any servants. The Three Tenors wouldn't be allowed to sing in your home. The Pelosis have their own vineyard where they can sell grapes. Brown said that everyone in San Francisco has now access to a Napa property. Everyone who has the means to afford it. Because Nancy Pelosi is often seen in Napa‚ a security detail appears and causes traffic delays. Neighbors know about Nancy Pelosi’s presence. Nancy Pelosi's husband hosts a summer party that attracts many top names in the Democratic Party. Nancy Pelosi (82)‚ often attends the Memorial Day Weekend dinner her husband‚ Mehran attended shortly before his arrest. It is held at Mehran's Oakville residence. Mehran‚ who is a prominent commercial real estate developer‚ was there. Mehran stated that Mehran had known the Pelosis more than 50 times. According to Federal Election Commission data‚ Mehran has donated more than $1‚000‚000 to Democratic groups and politicians since the 2020 election cycle. Napa is a place where social‚ family and political circles often overlap. Nancy Pelosi frequents Pizzeria Tra Vigne for artisanal pizza‚ where Chelsea Handler recently visited. She also enjoys coffee at Model Bakery (where David Beckham is an avid customer). You can see her at St. Helena Catholic Church Sunday Mass and she sometimes pays for the mani-pedis of her granddaughters and daughters at Blush Nail Salon. Pelosi is seen wearing the tailored suits she has made her Capitol Hill trademark in Napa even though it's not California casual. The Pelosis are still San Francisco residents and have lived in Pacific Heights since 1987‚ where they live in a 3-story red brick townhouse. Regular appearances are made at some of the city's most important social events‚ including the San Francisco Symphony opening gala. They also have season tickets for the San Francisco Giants as well as the San Francisco 49ers. Their shopping trips at Giorgio Armani (where Nancy Pelosi was seen two weeks ago)‚ have become a form of sport. Paul Pelosi is a 6'2" tall‚ dressed in a well-dressed‚ salt-and pepper-colored hairstyle and holds investments in tech real estate. More than 12 people who were interviewed said that they have never witnessed evidence of Paul Pelosi drinking excessively. (Nancy Pelosi doesn't drink. Mehran‚ who is 71‚ stated that Paul is a social drinker. This is the most accurate way to describe it. Paul Pelosi‚ however‚ has a long history of being involved in car accidents throughout his entire life. He was 16 when he crashed a sports car. David Pelosi‚ his brother‚ died as a passenger. According to reports at that time‚ a jury exonerated Paul Pelosi from misdemeanor murder charges. Nancy Pelosi was elected the chair of Northern California in the Democratic Party's late 1970s. A car she shared with Paul Pelosi‚ along with a few of their children‚ was flipped onto its side while she was on her way to barbecue. Nancy Pelosi was able to get a ride in her car so she could meet donor donors. The Pelosi Camp declined to provide any comment on The New York Times' question about who drove. The San Francisco Society is closely tied to a political career Paul Pelosi is from San Francisco‚ although his family roots lie in San Francisco. He met Nancy Pelosi while they were college students at Washington‚ D.C. They shared many things in common. Both were liberal Democrats‚ and both were observant Catholics. Both were Italian American royals. Paul Pelosi and his brother‚ Ronald Pelosi settled in San Francisco at the end of the 1960s. Their connections within the city helped them to rise in influential circles. Ronald Pelosi was Ronald's brother and a rising star in politics on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Barbara Newsom is the aunt of Gavin Newsom who will be the governor of the state. She also happens to have been married to William Newsom (Gavin Newsom’s father)‚ an appeals court judge‚ who managed the trust of John Paul Getty‚ an oil tycoon. Nancy and Paul Pelosi were friends with Gordon Getty's husband‚ Ann Getty. They remain close. Nancy Pelosi‚ who was just a few days before she left for Glasgow‚ Scotland to speak at the COP26 U.N. climate summit‚ officiated the Ivy Getty‚ Gordon and Ann Getty's wedding. Ivy Getty was an oil heiress and donned a 16-foot veil with a John Galliano Maison Margiela dress. Progressive Democrats were critical. Nancy Pelosi began her career in politics as a fundraiser. However‚ as her children grew up‚ Pelosi began to seriously consider running for public office. Rep. Sala Burton was a close friend of Nancy Pelosi and died from terminal cancer in 1986. An election special was held to replace her. Nancy Pelosi was determined to run for the seat she held‚ even though her home was located outside of the city. Paul Pelosi purchased the Pacific Heights townhouse and moved the family about 15 blocks north. Burton endorsed Nancy Pelosi days before she died. Rest is history. Analysts consider Pelosi one of the best speakers to ever lead the House. She is also a pioneer in American politics. Pelosi has often spoken out about how faith influences her politics‚ as well as her desire to increase the social safety net. She is also credited for pushing through the Affordable Care Act. It's evident that she has had a difficult spring. As the Senate stalled on the landmark House legislation‚ the $2 trillion Build back Better Act‚ she has been watching. Pelosi‚ who is 35 years old‚ would be forced to give up her chair as House Democrats are poised to shellack this fall. After what occurred over Memorial Day weekend‚ among the Pelosis' powerful social and political figures there was a lot of sympathy as well as some protection. Witnesses to the incident said that both vehicles were destroyed and Paul Pelosi remained in the vehicle‚ apparently frozen for several minutes until firefighters arrived and the sheriff arrived. Pelosi and the Jeep driver were not hurt. Pelosi spent the entire night at Napa County Jail in detention after the accident‚ according to some friends. Some friends were baffled that their friend didn't take a car to home and preempt the entire ordeal. Local residents also suggested that driving drunk in Napa was treated with understanding and not criminal prosecutions in an earlier time. It's terrible. There was once a time that if such a thing happened‚ police would come home to you‚ according to society doyenne Diane Wilsey better known as Dede. Wilsey is a fellow trustee of Paul Pelosi at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. She is a Republican but has given to many political campaigns and she sees the couple in California socially. Although I disagree with Nancy in many areas‚ I can't think of any person more nice than Nancy and Paul. According to The San Francisco Chronicle the Napa County District Attorney has been busy responding to 1‚500 calls from right-wing pundits including Donald Trump Jr. who claim that Paul Pelosi will not be punished for his actions. Pelosi will return to court on August. Pelosi will not be given any special treatment‚ according to local authorities. (c) 2022 The New York Times Company