Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been hospitalized after suffering a fall at a hotel in Washington, DC.
“This evening, Leader McConnell tripped at a local hotel during a private dinner,” a spokesperson for the Kentucky Republican said in a statement.
“He has been admitted to the hospital where he is receiving treatment.”
The fall happened at a private dinner at the exclusive Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, DC, according to media reports.
The 81-year-old is the Senate’s longest-serving GOP leader.
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Democrat Sens. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) have also been hospitalized in recent weeks.
Fetterman is seeking treatment for depression.
Feinstein is seeking treatment for shingles.
According to The Hill:
The senator tripped and fell at his Kentucky home in 2019, sustaining a shoulder fracture for which he underwent surgery. Then-77 years old, McConnell worked from home for a few weeks during recovery.
McConnell discussed during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic that he was treated for polio as a child, an illness that left him with difficulty navigating stairs even in adulthood.
It’s not yet clear whether the Senate Republican leader’s injury will take him out of the upper chamber, which Democrats control with a slim 51-49 majority, during treatment and recovery.
According to NBC:
A spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department, Vito Maggiolo, told NBC News on Thursday morning that an “adult male” was transported from the Waldorf Astoria at 9:17 pm Wednesday, and the call was dispatched after a report of a fall at the hotel.
The person was transported to a local hospital and “notes did not indicate patient condition,” Maggiolo said.
Maggiolo said he could not specify whether the person who fell was McConnell or which hospital he was taken to, citing privacy issues under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.