Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), despite suffering a debilitating stroke earlier in the year, somehow managed to defeat his Republican opponent, Dr. Mehmet Oz, to win the election as the Keystone State’s next U.S. senator.
Since that election in early November, however, Fetterman has largely been missing in action in terms of a lack of any major media appearances or interviews, Fox News reported.
Where is Fetterman?
To be sure, Senator-elect Fetterman has received plenty of positive coverage from the left-leaning mainstream media since the election, whether truly deserved or not.
The most ridiculous example, of course, was The New York Times ranking Fetterman among its “93 Most Stylish People” of 2022, which was simply absurd given that the incoming senator’s “style” is basically comprised of loose-fitting basketball shorts and oversized Carhart hoodies.
Fox News noted that Fetterman was even cast to make an appearance in a new Christian Bale movie, “The Pale Blue Eye,” but has not actually sat down for any actual interviews since winning his election last month.
Others still speaking out on his behalf
The outlet noted that while Fetterman’s campaign declined to respond to questions about his lack of media interviews since the election — and certainly didn’t make him available for an interview with Fox News — that doesn’t mean that Fetterman’s wife or members of the campaign haven’t done interviews with left-leaning media outlets.
In early December, a member of the Fetterman campaign’s social media team, Annie Wu Henry, took part in an interview with Slate magazine to discuss how the campaign, particularly after the candidate had suffered his stroke, had made full use of various social media platforms in lieu of public campaign appearances to spread his message and engage with supporters.
Then, shortly before Christmas, the incoming senator’s wife, Giselle Fetterman, was interviewed as part of a glowing profile about her by the LGBTQ-focused Washington Blade media outlet.
Not really seen since before the election
Indeed, it almost seems like the next senator from Pennsylvania has all but gone missing since he was elected to represent the state in the U.S. Senate starting next year.
It looks like Fetterman’s last major public appearance may well have been his disastrous performance at the one and only debate he agreed to do with his GOP opponent, Oz, in late October.
That debate made it clear that Fetterman was far from fully recovered following his stroke earlier in the year, but the candidate blamed his poor performance on the closed captioning system that had been provided as an accommodation for his claimed auditory struggles as a result of that stroke.
As for Fetterman’s last major media interview, that appears to have been the mid-October sit-down with NBC News reporter Dasha Burns that, for the first time since his stroke, revealed the full extent of the health issues he continued to face as part of his recovery, including the claimed “auditory processing” problem that necessitated the use of a special closed captioning system so that he could read the spoken words of others that he was apparently unable to hear or comprehend.
Won’t be able to hide much longer
When Sen.-elect Fetterman arrives in Washington D.C. to be sworn in next week — presumably in a suit and tie instead of his typical attire of shorts and a hoodie — he likely won’t have a closed captioning system or social media platforms to aid him, and though his wife will undoubtedly be by his side, he won’t really be able to hide behind her as a surrogate any longer.
Instead, he will be faced with the hustle and bustle of a busy legislative body and shouted questions from reporters in the frenzied hallways of the Senate building, and it will become apparent rather quickly whether he is up to the task he was elected to perform or if Pennsylvania voters made a horribly regrettable electoral mistake.