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Delegate from Bowie Suffers Stroke

A Maryland convention delegate is recovering from a mild stroke at a Denver hospital today and hopes to make it back to the convention floor Thursday night, friends said.

Roxanne Taylor, 52, of Bowie, collapsed at about 11 p.m. Monday at Dixon's Downtown Grill, where Comptroller Peter Franchot was hosting a party for the Maryland delegation.

State party spokesman David Paulson said Taylor was taken to Denver Health Medical Center after two paramedics responded by weaving through the busy convention center area on bicycle.

Taylor owns an insurance company and is a member of the Maryland Steering Committee for Barack Obama. "Of all the people here, she has the least background in politics," said Len Lucci, a friend and alternate delegate. "But because of her devotion to Barack Obama, she got involved."

Lucci said Taylor has been walking and talking in her hospital room and is optimistic that she will be released Wednesday or early Thursday in time for Obama's acceptance speech. "Nothing's going to hold her back from being there Thursday night," he said.

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 26, 2008; 1:55 PM ET
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