Court documents alleging that now-Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) frequently abused her ex-husband have resurfaced in the Daily Mail one day after the release of Porter’s new memoir.
While married to and living with her ex Matthew Hoffman, Porter, who is running to fill retiring Senator Dianne Feinstein’s upcoming open seat in the chamber, allegedly “commandeered a chaotic household with an iron fist” in the midst of her swift rise in the Democrat Party.
In documents obtained by the Mail, Porter is accused of repeatedly screaming at her husband, leading her kids to do the same. In one alleged instance of an extra-psychotic Porter outburst, the Congresswoman is said to have poured scalding hot mashed potatoes over her husband’s head, causing severe burns.
The Daily Mail reports:
On March 20, 2013, Porter and then-husband Matthew Hoffman filed for divorce but decided they would continue to live in the same home for the sake of their three children.
But from there, the relationship deteriorated – with Porter and Hoffman filing restraining orders against each other and alleging abuse. Old incidents came to light in divorce filings, with Hoffman alleging Porter dumped a bowl of steaming hot boiled potatoes on his head.
From 2009 on, Porter was the sole breadwinner, and Hoffman stayed home with the kids. Hoffman insisted that Porter was prone to ‘extreme anger’ and had a ‘history of snapping and screaming at [him] and the children,’ and would ‘claw and scratch her arms’ while blaming him for the markings.
Hoffman said Porter frequently said things like ‘you f***ing idiot!’ and ‘you’re f***ing incompetent.’ ‘She would not let me have a cell phone because she said, ‘you’re too f***ing dumb to operate it,” Hoffman said.
According to the allegations in the documents, Porter’s potato outburst occurred in 2006 right in front of the estranged duo’s eldest child, who was in a high chair at the time.
In the Spring of 2006, Hoffman said Porter came into the kitchen as he was making mashed potatoes for dinner. As their oldest child Luke sat in the highchair, Porter looked at the potatoes in a ceramic bowl and yelled ‘Can’t you read the f***ing instructions!’
‘She then took the ceramic bowl of steaming hot potatoes and dumped it on my head, burning my scalp,’ Hoffman said.
The wild and frankly sad allegations resurfaced shortly after Porter joined Stephen Colbert’s show, where she promoted her new memoir and took shots at her colleagues, including Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
“It’s hard to go to work every day with Marjorie Taylor Greene as a colleague,” Porter said during a winding monologue.
Rep. Katie Porter: “It’s hard to go to work every day with Marjorie Taylor Greene as a colleague.”
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 12, 2023