Sen. Byrd Released From Hospital
By Ben Pershing
Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) was released today after a six-week stay in the hospital, his office announced, allowing the longest-serving senator in U.S. history to spend July 4th at home.
"I am pleased to be home in anticipation of celebrating our nation's birthday with my loving family," Byrd said in an official statement. "I also thank everyone who sent me their good wishes and prayers."
The statement said Byrd "will continue his recuperation and physical therapy" at home. His office declined to comment on when he might return to work in the Senate.
Byrd, 91, was hospitalized on May 15 for a "minor infection," and then was forced to remain there after contracting a staph infection. At the request of his family, Byrd's office has been sparing with the press, never specifying why exactly he was hospitalized in the first place or in which hospital he was a patient.
As early as May 18, his office suggested he would be home in a matter of days, but as his stay lengthened and details remained scarce, speculation appeared in the West Viriginia press about who might succeed Byrd. If Byrd is unable to return to the Senate for whatever reason, his successor would be appointed by Gov. Joe Manchin (D) until a special election is held in November 2010.
Many West Virginia observers believe Manchin is interested in taking the Senate seat himself. Though he could appoint himself to the position, a more likely scenario would have Manchin appoint a "caretaker" to the job who would not run in 2010, allowing Manchin to campaign for the post instead.
Posted by: Bcamp55 | June 30, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: justin_timberwolf | June 30, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: delusional1 | June 30, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: visionbrkr | June 30, 2009 7:30 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: justin_timberwolf | June 30, 2009 8:27 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: mrteddybear55 | June 30, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: jimeglrd8 | June 30, 2009 11:27 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: poppadata | July 1, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.