Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman says he is recovering from stroke

PHILADELPHIA — John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor and the Democratic frontrunner for an open Senate seat this fall, said Sunday he had suffered a stroke.

“I had a stroke caused by a clot from my heart that had been in an A-fib rhythm for too long. Fortunately, Gisele saw the symptoms and took me to the hospital within minutes,” Fetterman, 52, said in a statement. . referring to his wife. “The amazing doctors here were able to quickly and completely remove the clot, reverse the stroke. They also got my heart under control.”

The announcement comes two days before the Pennsylvania Senate primary election, where polls indicate Fetterman’s main rivals, Rep. Conor Lamb and state representative Malcolm Kenyatta, lead among the Democratic primary voters.

John Fetterman speaks with supporters at the Holy Hound Tap Room in downtown York, Pennsylvania, in May.  12, 2022, while campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat.
John Fetterman speaks with supporters at the Holy Hound Tap Room in downtown York, Pennsylvania, in May. 12, 2022, while campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat.Mark Pynes / The Patriot News via AP

Fetterman has been off the campaign trail since Friday, when he said he was not feeling well and went to hospital. Since then, he’s canceled numerous events, with his campaign offering little detail thus far. He said from Lancaster General Hospital on Sunday that he is “feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I have had no cognitive damage.”

“I am well on my way to full recovery” and will take “a minute” to rest, he said, adding that he remains committed to his campaign.

“Our campaign isn’t slowing down one bit, and we’re still on track to win this primary on Tuesday and flip this Senate seat in November,” Fetterman said in his statement. “Thanks for all the support, and please get out of there and vote.”

Fetterman and his wife, Gisele Fetterman, posted a video of the hospital on Twitter.

Lamb responded to the news in a tweet on Sunday, wishing Fetterman “a full and speedy recovery.”

Kenyatta called Fetterman “an incredible family man” and added: “I look forward to seeing him back on the campaign trail soon.”

Dasha Burns contributed