(DailyVantage.com) – Senator John Fetterman, who was hospitalized for clinical depression a few weeks ago, appears to be on the road to recovery.
On Monday, Fetterman’s Chief of Staff Adam Jentleson tweeted out three pictures of the freshman Senator from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. In a caption attached to the images, Jentleson wrote “John is well on his way to recovery and wanted me to say how grateful he is for all the well wishes. He’s laser focused on PA and will be back soon.”
Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, tweeted on Monday that “society’s expectations and traditional gender roles play a part in why men are less likely to discuss or seek help for their mental health.”
So far, Fetterman’s time in the Senate has been mired in health concerns. While running against Dr. Mehmet Oz on the campaign trail, some worried that the former Braddock mayor was not up to the task. Though Oz himself didn’t invoke Fetterman’s health complications much, his supporters were not nearly as tactful.
Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), who retired in 2022, said the following about Fetterman during a press conference with OZ: “It’s just not possible to be an effective Senator if you cannot communicate.” Rick Santorum, another former senator from Pennsylvania, told Newsmax that “John Fetterman is simply not capable of doing this job.”
These assertions from conservatives, however, are not unfounded. Fetterman’s stroke has clearly affected his ability to function. While debating Oz in November, Fetterman required the use of closed captions to read questions posed by the moderators. Even still, he regularly jumbled his words and appeared confused and even disoriented.
Though he has yet to return to the Senate, Fetterman continues to be briefed on issues by his staffers. He is one of the co-sponsors of new rail legislation introduced by J.D. Vance (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
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