Senator Byrd Hospitalized
by Nathan Empsall, Sun Jun 27, 2010 at 03:56:07 PM EDT
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) has been admitted to a Washington-area hospital and is in "seriously ill" condition, his office said in a news release Sunday.
The statement said that Byrd, 92, "was admitted to the hospital late last week suffering from what was believed to be heat exhaustion and severe dehydration as a result of the extreme temperatures." The region has experienced a stretch of temperatures in the 90s with high humidity.
Byrd's office said he was not expected to remain in the hospital more than a few days, but "other conditions have developed which has resulted in his condition being described as 'serious.'"
Here's wishing both Senator Byrd and former VP Cheney speedy releases and full recoveries.
UPDATE from desmoinesdem: From Nate Silver's post on West Virginia vacancy laws: "we are within a week of the threshold established by West Virginia law. If a vacancy were to be declared on July 3rd or later, there would not be an election to replace Byrd until 2012. If it were to occur earlier, there could potentially be an election later this year, although there might be some ambiguities arising from precisely when and how the vacancy were declared."