John Fetterman’s wife says he may not be back on the campaign trail until July


Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman’s wife says he may not be back on the campaign trail until July as he recovers from stroke as questions swirl over his health

  • The Democrats ‘ Senate nominee in Pennsylvania , Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, may not be able to return to the campaign trail until July 
  • Fetterman suffered a stroke due to a heart condition just days before he won his Senate primary last month and hasn’t campaigned in-person since  
  • ‘I think he deserves a month break to come back as strong as ever,’ his wife Gisele Fetterman told CNN in an interview published early Tuesday  

The DemocratsSenate nominee in Pennsylvania, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, may not be able to return to the campaign trail until July, according to his wife Gisele Fetterman, after he suffered a stroke days before his primary win.

‘I think he deserves a month break to come back as strong as ever,’ Gisele Fetterman said in an interview with CNN published Tuesday. ‘This is going to be a tough race and a really important race. I want him to be fully ready for it.’ 

When asked if her husband would return to the campaign trail in July, she responded, ‘I think so.’ 

The candidate admitted Friday that he ‘almost died’ after suffering a stroke just days before the commonwealth’s primary.

‘The stroke I suffered on May 13 didn’t come out of nowhere,’ Fetterman said in a statement. ‘Like so many others, and so many men in particular, I avoided going to the doctor, even though I knew I didn’t feel well. As a result, I almost died.’ 

Gisele Fetterman (left) told CNN Tuesday that her husband Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (right) may not be able to return to the campaign trail until July after suffering a stroke days before he won the Democrats' Senate primary last month

Gisele Fetterman (left) told CNN Tuesday that her husband Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (right) may not be able to return to the campaign trail until July after suffering a stroke days before he won the Democrats’ Senate primary last month  

Fetterman said the stroke was a result of a heart condition first diagnosed in 2017. 

‘Back in 2017, I had swollen feet and went to the hospital to get checked out. That’s when I learned I had a heart condition. Then, I didn’t follow up. I thought losing weight and exercising would be enough. Of course it wasn’t,’ he said. 

Fetterman said he was prescribed blood thinner but ‘didn’t do what the doctor told me.’

He said his May 13 stroke would have been ‘completely preventable’ had he just stayed on the medication. Instead he was fitted with a pacemaker on election day. 

‘My cardiologist said that if I had continued taking the blood thinners, I never would have had a stroke,’ Fetterman said.  

‘But I won’t make that mistake again,’ the current lieutenant governor pledged.

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, in a recent picture with his kids, admitted Friday that he 'almost died' after suffering a stroke just days before the commonwealth's primary

Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman, in a recent picture with his kids, admitted Friday that he ‘almost died’ after suffering a stroke just days before the commonwealth’s primary

His campaign also released a letter for Dr. Ramesh Chandra, who was the one who diagnosed the Democrat in 2017 with atrial fibrillation

His campaign also released a letter for Dr. Ramesh Chandra, who was the one who diagnosed the Democrat in 2017 with atrial fibrillation

Fetterman’s campaign also sent along a doctor’s note from Dr. Ramesh Chandra, who was the one who diagnosed the Democrat in 2017 with atrial fibrillation. 

‘John did not go to any doctor for five years and did not continue taking his medications,’ Chandra confirmed. 

The doctor said Fetterman also has a condition called cardiomyopathy, which is why his medical team in Lancaster inserted the pacemaker.  

‘The prognosis I can give for John’s heart is this: if he takes his medications, eats healthy, and exercises, he’ll be fine,’ Chandra continued. ‘If he does what I’ve told him, and I do believe he is taking his recovery and his health very seriously at this time, he should be able to campaign and serve in the U.S. Senate without a problem.’  

Fetterman and his doctor’s statements came after reports out of the state suggested Democrats were getting jittery about his chances to win one of the year’s most important Senate races, as he’s still not indicated when he’ll return to the campaign trail. 

He’s running to fill the seat occupied by retiring Republican Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey – one that Democrats think they can flip in an otherwise tough year. 

He also joked in a tweet Friday that he couldn't be the wanted 'Pierogi burglar.' Pierogies are a Polish delicacy, popular in Western Pennsylvania

He also joked in a tweet Friday that he couldn’t be the wanted ‘Pierogi burglar.’ Pierogies are a Polish delicacy, popular in Western Pennsylvania

NBC News quoted an elected Pennsylvania Democrat for a story Thursday who said, ‘A lot of Democratic Party types are very nervous about it.’ 

That official said that Fetterman needed to be transparent about what was going on with his health. 

Recent tweets showed Fetterman and his wife Gisele stopping in Somerset, Pennsylvania on May 22 en route home to Braddock from the Lancaster-area hospital he’d been since his May 13 stroke. 

He also joked in a tweet Friday that he couldn’t be the wanted ‘Pierogi burglar.’ Pierogies are a Polish delicacy, popular in Western Pennsylvania.

‘Don’t look at me, my alibi is rock solid. I’ve been resting + recovering at home in Braddock,’ he wrote. 

But for state Democrats, the situation had gotten so worrisome that some were refreshing their knowledge of state ballot-replacement law, NBC reported. 

That deadline is in August. 

‘Doctors have told me I need to continue to rest, eat healthy, exercise, and focus on my recovery, and that’s exactly what I’m doing,’ Fetterman said Friday. ‘It will take some more time to get back on the campaign trail like I was in the lead-up to the primary.’ 

‘It’s frustrating – all the more so because this is my own fault – but bear with me, I need a little more time. I’m not quite back to 100 per cent yet, but I’m getting closer every day’ he continued. 

‘This race is so important for Pennsylvania and for the country. I’m going to be ready for it, and I can’t wait to get back on the trail,’ Fetterman added. 

Fetterman will be on the general election ballot against either Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is backed by former President Donald Trump and officially won his primary on Friday, after rival Dave McCormic conceded in the nail-biter GOP race. 

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