The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, reportedly fell at a hotel on Wednesday, 8 March, and was taken to a hospital in Washington, DC, according to a spokesperson. McConnell, 81, “fell during a private dinner,” according to David Popp.
Popp said McConnell had a concussion and would be hospitalized for “a few days” for observation and care.
Popp said (According to Yahoo)
“The leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes.”
As a child, McConnell battled polio. At home in Kentucky in 2019, he fell and injured his shoulder. Health worries were alleviated in 2020 when pictures of his bandaged, bruised wrists and the bruising around his mouth surfaced.
He didn’t specify what resulted in the bruises. (According to The Guardian)
“Covid-19 to the possibility that [McConnell] has a vascular disease and/or is undergoing dialysis and is taking blood thinners … a definitive answer is not yet available.”
The Senate has recently been without some members due to illness. The 89-year-old California Democrat Dianne Feinstein’s office reports that she was hospitalized last week for shingles treatment.
Democratic Pennsylvanian politician John Fetterman, 53, who suffered a stroke while running for office the year before, is being treated for clinical depression while in the hospital. Questions were asked of Fetterman during the Ohio train hazardous spill hearing on Thursday, and he later submitted his own.
Such absences have been challenging for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who must rule with a 51-49 majority. On Thursday, Senator Chuck Schumer declared on the Senate floor that he had contacted McConnell and spoken with his staff “to extend my prayers and well wishes.”
Schumer said (as reported by ABC 7 News)
“I joined every single one of my colleagues in wishing leader McConnell a speedy and full recovery.”
John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, joined McConnell at the dinner on Wednesday to promote a right-leaning Super Pac fundraising effort. McConnell spoke, according to Thune, “as usual.”
“It happened later in the evening,” said Thune, who had moved to another reception at the hotel when McConnell fell. According to Thune, McConnell was at the Capitol (The statement taken from Dallas Express)
“We have very limited information. … I’m sure we’ll get more.”
McConnell was elected to the Senate in 1984. He served as the majority leader from 2015 until 2021. From 1978 until his election to the Senate, he was the judge-executive of Jefferson County, Kentucky. McConnell has been the Senate’s leader for the longest time while being only the fourth-oldest senator.
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