Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suffered a concussion after stumbling at a Washington hotel on Wednesday evening and is expected to be hospitalized for several days, according to a spokeswoman for the senator.
McConnell, 81, was taken to the hospital after slipping during a Senate Leadership Fund reception and private dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. The Senate Leadership Fund is a campaign fund firmly allied with McConnell’s establishment political viewpoint, according to a report by Breitbart News.
“Leader McConnell tripped at a dinner event Wednesday evening and has been admitted to the hospital and is being treated for a concussion. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days of observation and treatment,” his office said.
“The Leader is grateful to the medical professionals for their care and to his colleagues for their warm wishes,” the statement said.
Ramifications for The Senate
The Republican Senate minority will suffer as a result of McConnell’s absence. Republicans will only have 48 legislators to oppose Democratic initiatives until McConnell returns.
Democrats have a 51-vote majority in the Senate. Notably, Senator John Fetterman (D-PA) has been missing for more than a week but is expected to return soon.
After being re-elected as Senate Republican leader in January, McConnell became the Senate’s longest-serving party leader in history. Ten defectors voted for Senate contender Rick Scott (R-FL).
The votes against McConnell were the first time he received a “no” vote for leadership, indicating that the Republican Party is beginning to shift against his establishment agenda.
During McConnell’s leadership, the country has faced rising debt, illegal immigration, and declining real wages.
Concerns for McConnell’s Health
Without consequence, McConnell presided over the passage of Obamacare, the 2008 large bank bailout, big tech censorship, and Dr. Anthony Fauci’s alleged lying to Congress.
Regardless of the political ramifications, McConnell’s health is the primary concern for many. The 81-year-old senator has been a key figure in American politics for over three decades, and his absence will be felt by many in Washington and across the country.
As of now, it is unclear when McConnell will be able to return to his duties in the Senate. His office has stated that he will remain in the hospital for several days of observation and treatment, but it is unclear when he will be able to resume his duties as Senate Minority Leader.
Many are wishing McConnell a speedy recovery and hoping that he will be able to return to his work in the Senate soon. Until then, Republicans will have to navigate the complex political landscape of Washington without one of their most experienced leaders.