Tim Johnson Has Stroke
by Matt Stoller, Wed Dec 13, 2006 at 12:20:47 PM EST
Discuss. Or just panic. Either one is fine. I mean it's a blog.
Update: Rumor has it he's fine.
Update [2006-12-13 20:9:49 by Jonathan Singer]: From the AP:
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota was hospitalized after becoming disoriented Wednesday, weeks before his party is to take control of the Senate by a one-vote margin.
Johnson, who turns 60 on Dec. 28, was admitted to George Washington University Hospital with an undiagnosed illness, said a spokeswoman, Julianne Fisher.
She said, however, the senator did not suffer a stroke or heart attack. His office had said earlier it was a possible stroke. [emphasis added]
Update [2006-12-14 0:48:15 by Jonathan Singer]:The Washington Post's Charles Babington and Jonathan Weisman have the late-breaking details on Sen. Johnson.
Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) was in surgery last night after falling ill at the Capitol, introducing a note of uncertainty over control of the Senate just weeks before Democrats are to take over with a one-vote margin. Johnson, 59, was taken to George Washington University Hospital shortly after noon, where he underwent "a comprehensive evaluation by the stroke team," his office said. Aides later said he had not suffered a stroke or heart attack, but they offered no further comment or details of the surgery.CBS News is also reporting the following news:
Sources close to the situation tell CBS News the situation is definitely not good.Update [2006-12-14 10:1:57 by Jerome Armstrong]:Blogs USA Today:Update at 9:30 a.m. ET: The U.S. Capitol physician told AP the surgery, in which doctors stopped the bleeding and untangled abnormally large blood vessels in Johnson's brain, was successful."The senator is recovering without complication," Adm. John Eisold said. "It is premature to determine whether further surgery will be required or to assess any long-term prognosis."USA Today has goulish audio of the Johnson exhibiting symptoms of a stroke during a conference call yesterday.