Fetterman campaign: Pa. Senate nominee '90% back to full strength' as he preps to return to trail

Pennsylvania Democrat Senate candidate, lieutenant governor is recovering at home from stroke he suffered in May

Updated: July 7, 2022 - 9:02am

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The campaign of Pennsylvania Democratic Senate nominee John Fetterman says the politician should soon be returning to the campaign trail soon after suffering a stroke days before the primary in May.

"He is about 90% back to full strength and getting better," campaign spokesman Joe Calvello recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Fetterman, who also is the state's lieutenant governor.

Last month, Fetterman's wife Gisele told CNN that she "think(s)" her husband will return to the campaign trail in July. 

Until now, Republicans – who are coalescing around one-time TV doctor Mehmet Oz as their November nominee – have kept quiet about Fetterman's absence from the campaign trail.

But this week the National Republican Senatorial Committee put out a "missing" poster featuring Fetterman. In contrast, Oz has been campaigning all over the state, though remains down in the polls.

The Post-Gazette reports that Calvello also says Fetterman is day-to-day leading a fairly regular life, doing errands and driving his kids around, in addition to taking calls from D.C. power players.

Politico reports that a return to the trail seems imminent for Fetterman specifically because the campaign has begun scheduling fundraising and outreach events across the state for later this month and into the next. 

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