“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in Rochester,” said Congresswoman Slaughter. “The outpouring of support that I have received has truly been humbling and is a reminder of how fortunate I am to represent the wonderful people of my district. As you are already aware, I took a spill while in New York City and broke my left leg. I am well on the road to recovery and have begun undergoing rehabilitation so that I can continue fighting for the hardworking families of Western New York.”
“We expect an excellent and functional recovery from Congresswoman Slaughter,” said Stephen L. Kates, M.D., professor in the URMC Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. “She is undergoing rehabilitation therapy at Strong Memorial Hospital, and there is an excellent chance she will be discharged within the week. Because the Congresswoman has no other health conditions to contend with, she can focus solely on her broken leg and will quickly be able to return to Washington to deal with the important issues facing our nation.”
“Like all of you, I’m looking forward to spending this holiday weekend with my family,” said Slaughter. “There is a tremendous amount of work to be done both in Washington and here at home, including our work to support American businesses on trade issues, grow our economy and create middle class jobs, and end the overuse of antibiotics in meat and poultry production, which gravely jeopardizes public health. The President’s signing of the STOCK Act, while certainly a proud moment, is just a part of my continued efforts to bring reform to Washington so that our government reflects the principles of integrity and trust that the American people deserve.
“I look forward to the opportunity to speak with all of you in the very near future to discuss how we’ll be moving forward with this and other important initiatives in the weeks and months to come.”
The statement is an attempt to blunt any questions about the 82-year-old’s ability to continue with the campaign against Maggie Brooks. Her doctor pointed out she has no other conditions. That’s important, given the GOP-generated rumors swirling about the congresswoman’s health.
Republicans may harp on Slaughter’s age. Already, it’s a sensitive issue. Viewers – perhaps supporters – are calling TV stations asking that Slaughter’s age not be included in stories that don’t also mention Brooks’ age. Slaughter’s age was relevant in this story, because breaking a leg can be a lot more serious for octogenarians. Furthermore, her office didn’t provide many details about her condition, leaving people to worry and speculate.
Fortunately, it appears Slaughter has a good prognosis.