Lt. Gov. John Fetterman of Pennsylvania, the front-runner for his state’s Democratic Senate nomination, stated on Sunday that he had had a stroke on Friday and was recovering.
“I had a stroke that was caused by a clot from my heart being in an A-fib rhythm for too long,” he stated in an announcement. “The amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reversing the stroke, they got my heart under control as well.”
The incident has saved him off the marketing campaign path for the ultimate weekend earlier than Tuesday’s main election in one of many nation’s most carefully watched Senate contests. It was unclear when he would return to in-person campaigning.
“The good news is I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage,” he stated within the assertion from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital. “I’m well on my way to a full recovery.”
“They’re keeping me here for now for observation, but I should be out of here sometime soon,” he added.
Mr. Fetterman had been scheduled to host a meet-and-greet in Lancaster County, Pa., on Friday morning, however his spokesman, Joe Calvello, stated on the time that the staff determined to cancel the occasion as a result of “John was not feeling well this morning so we are taking the necessary precautions.”
The marketing campaign canceled occasions throughout the state on Friday night, Saturday morning and once more on Sunday, however gave scant details about the state of Mr. Fetterman’s well being over the weekend.
In the assertion and in an accompanying video, Mr. Fetterman stated he had been feeling unwell and that his spouse, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, had insisted he go to the hospital to get checked out.
The improvement upended his capability to interact voters in-person throughout essentially the most intense stretch of the race. Still, he has been main his primary Democratic rival, Representative Conor Lamb, by double digits in sparse public polling.
“I just found out on live TV that Lieutenant Governor Fetterman suffered a stroke,” Mr. Lamb wrote on Twitter. Referring to his spouse, he continued, “Hayley and I are keeping John and his family in our prayers and wishing him a full and speedy recovery.”
Throughout the marketing campaign, Mr. Fetterman’s blunt-spoken liberal politics and penchant for sporting shorts and hoodies at public occasions seem to have resonated with a lot of the Democratic base.
“If somebody thinks I’m smarter if I’m in a suit, so be it,” Mr. Fetterman stated in an interview on Thursday on the occasion in York, his hometown, after giving an brisk stump speech and dealing a crowded bar. “I would rather have people know what they’re getting and this is who I am.”
Senator Ben Ray Luján, a New Mexico Democrat, had a stroke earlier this 12 months and has spoken about his tough path to restoration. It was not instantly clear what Mr. Fetterman’s rehabilitation course of would appear to be.
“The doctors have assured me that I’ll be able to get back on the trail, but first I need to take a minute, get some rest, and recover,” he stated.