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McConnell’s absence leaves colleagues wondering on GOP’s future

McConnell’s absence leaves colleagues wondering on GOP’s future

Washington, Mar 20 (Prensa Latina) Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) extended absence from the Senate has stirred speculation among Republican senators over how much longer the 81-year-old senator will lead the Senate GOP conference, according to The Hill.

There’s no word yet on McConnell’s date of return, but some lawmakers expect he may not come back to the Senate until mid-April, after the two-week Easter and Passover recess.

The Kentucky senator fell on March 9 night after attending a private dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel and was hospitalized to be treated for a concussion.

McConnell was discharged last week and “will continue to recover in a rehabilitation center,” spokesman David Popp said in a statement.

First elected to Senate in 1984, McConnell had a similar mishap outside his Louisville City home in 2019 and then fractured a shoulder, resulting in a surgery.

In addition to McConnell, Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.), 89, is recovering at home from a bout of shingles and her party colleague John Fetterman (D-Penn.), 53, was hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center for depression.

GOP senators say they expect either Senate Republican Whip John Thune (S.D.) or Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to someday replace McConnell as leader and predict that either man would inspire a lot of confidence.


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