As a result of the incident, the 81-year-old Kentucky senator is “being treated for a concussion,” according to a representative for the politician. As a result of his collapse at a dinner event on Wednesday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will likely spend several days in the hospital.
An initial statement from McConnell’s camp was released, in which a spokesman said, “During a private dinner in a nearby hotel, Senate Majority Leader McConnell slipped and fell. He’s now being treated at the hospital where he was admitted.”
McConnell sustained a concussion in the fall, according to a later statement sent by his communications director, and will need to be hospitalized “for a few days of observation and treatment.” According to CNN, which cited a source close to the situation, the 81-year-old Republican fell at the Waldorf Astoria hotel on Wednesday.
What happened to McConnell this week is just the most recent in a string of health problems that the Senate’s longest-serving Republican leader has experienced in recent years. He broke his shoulder in a fall in 2019, and photos of McConnell’s hands in 2020 show severe bruises and bandages.
McConnell, who has led the Republican party for a record nine consecutive years since 2006, dismissed rumors about his health at the time. Like with the hospitalizations of two other key senators, the minority leader’s hospitalization is not unexpected.
This week, Dianne Feinstein, who had been hospitalized due to shingles, was discharged and is currently resting at home. John Fetterman, meantime, was taken to the hospital last month for lightheadedness due to a lack of food and water, and he has just checked in this week for clinical depression.