Senator John Fetterman’s Team Responds To Resignation Talk


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After Pennsylvania Democrat Sen. John Fetterman was admitted to the hospital again, his team has responded to calls for him to resign from the Senate.

His team spoke to NBC News for a segment the network did on Sen. Fetterman being checked into the hospital for the second time in two weeks and said that the topic of resignation was “never discussed and is not on the table.”

“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” Adam Jentleson, Fetterman’s Chief of Staff said when his team announced the senator’s situation on Thursday.

“After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself,” he said, but he did not indicate how long the senator would be on the shelf.

Fetterman checked himself into a hospital to deal with rising bouts of depression following a major stroke last spring and lingering ill effects from that incident. The freshman senator checked into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Thursday, according to his chief of staff, “to receive treatment for clinical depression,” according to CNN.

“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. Yesterday, Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed. John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis,” Chief of Staff Adam Jentleson noted in a statement, the outlet reported.


Fetterman suffered a major stroke in May. After staying off the campaign trail for a few months, he jumped back in time to engage in some fundraisers and a disastrous debate against his Trump-backed Republican opponent, TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, both of whom were vying for retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey’s seat.

Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, noted on Thursday that she is “so proud of him for asking for help,” CNN noted.

“After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John. I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs,” she tweeted. “This is a difficult time for our family, so please respect our privacy.”

In a statement announcing the self-check-in, Fetterman’s chief of staff noted further: “After examining John, the doctors at Walter Reed told us that John is getting the care he needs, and will soon be back to himself.”

He also stated that Fetterman has experienced depression “off and on” over the course of his life, though the issue “only became severe in recent weeks.”

CNN reported that lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed well wishes for Fetterman, acknowledging that his condition must be difficult not only for him but his family as well.

“Millions of Americans, like John, struggle with depression each day. I am looking forward to seeing him return to the Senate soon. Sending love and support to John, Gisele, and their family,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) tweeted.


Just last week, the senator was rushed to the hospital after “feeling lightheaded,” though his team insists he did not have another stroke, The Washington Post reported at the time.

“He is in good spirits and talking with his staff and family. We will provide more information when we have it,” his communications director, Joe Calvello, said, adding, “initial tests did not show evidence of a new stroke” and that “doctors are running more tests, and John is remaining overnight for observation.”

In November, a Fetterman advisor admitted, after his victory, he would not be able to perform his job as normal, Breitbart news reported.

“Spotted in Senate basement: John Fetterman He didn’t answer when I asked if he’ll be able to wear his hoodie on Senate floor,” Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic said in a tweet that caught the eye of Fetterman advisor Rebecca Katz.

“Two things we need to get out of the way: 1) John Fetterman has a suit and will wear it to the Capitol. 2) He is still recovering from a stroke and has lingering auditory processing challenges. The way Hill reporters are used to yelling questions at Senators will not work here,” she said.

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