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Sen. Johnson Suffers Possible Stroke

by Mark5019 / December 13, 2006 6:02 AM PST

Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson of South Dakota suffered a possible stroke Wednesday and was taken to a hospital, his office said.

If he should be unable to continue to serve, it could halt the scheduled Democratic takeover of the Senate. Democrats won a 51-49 majority in the November election. South Dakota's governor, who would appoint any temporary replacement, is a Republican


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by EdH / December 13, 2006 6:08 AM PST

Only 59 years old!

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If he's unable to continue....
by James Denison / December 13, 2006 6:36 AM PST

....watch the Democrats push his wife to be his replacement. That happened
before with someone, but I can't remember who at the moment. Anyone remember?

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I rememberit, bbut don't remember who...
by EdH / December 13, 2006 6:45 AM PST

George Wallace maynbe?

But in any event the Republican Governor, Mike Rounds, would undoubtedly appoint a Republican, which shift the balance back to the Republicans. And there's nothing the Democrats can do about it.

Interesting, no?

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Jean Carnahan, appointed as Senator for her deceased husband
by James Denison / December 13, 2006 6:54 AM PST

Can you remember? How did we get the Jim Jefford's (I-VT) Senate? Stuck in a 50-50 tie, the Democrat's filibustered the organization of the Senate and were negotiating a power-sharing committee agreement with the Republican's who controlled by virtue of the tie-breaking duties of the Vice President, **** Cheney. The Senate got to the tie because in Missouri the voters elected a dead man and the governor then appointed his wife to fill the term until the next election. No such action was provided in law. Widow Jean Carnahan became a Senator without ever having appeared on a ballot. The incumbent, Sen. John Ashcroft, refused to challenge the election in court or Senate. His grounds would have been that you can't elect a dead man to office or that the Senate, not the governor, is the constitutional judge of an election outcome.

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by WOODS-HICK / December 13, 2006 7:09 AM PST

and fits with your democratic conspiracy theories.

democratic operative poisons republican senator in a state with a democratic governor. back to the dems as the the people voted.

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ashcroft lost to the dead challenger
by WOODS-HICK / December 13, 2006 7:01 AM PST
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Sonny Bono's wife is another one
by James Denison / December 13, 2006 7:06 AM PST

That's right, that's the other one. Now we have "precedent" and I'm betting
if it comes to needing a replacement in office the Democrats will push for
his wife (if he has one) to replace him.

Here's a link about Sonny.
He was killed at the Heavenly Valley Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe after he collided with a tree. After his death his widow, Mary Bono, was appointed to fill her late husbands Congressional Seat and in November 2002 she was re-elected to serve a third term.

PS- your link doesn't work.

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They may push; I doubt they'd get...
by EdH / December 13, 2006 7:22 AM PST

In any event it's a temporary appointment, then there has to be an election.

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this senator from south dakota did not leave
by WOODS-HICK / December 13, 2006 9:40 AM PST

In November of 1969,(Republican)Karl Mundt suffered a severe stroke. He remained in office, but the senator?s responsibilities were shouldered by members of his staff.

"On August 16, 1974, two years after leaving the Congress, and almost five years after a stroke, Karl Mundt died.


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(NT) How long before someone say's it's Bush's fault?
by C1ay / December 13, 2006 7:37 AM PST
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Stroke, heart attack ruled out...
by EdH / December 13, 2006 11:51 AM PST

A statement issued by Johnson's office said he was suffering from a "possible stroke." But a spokeswoman later said that tests showed Johnson had suffered neither a stroke nor a heart attack, although it was not clear what had happened.

Julianne Fisher, a spokeswoman for Johnson, told CNN he was still undergoing tests and will stay hospitalized overnight, but she would not characterize his condition.
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It was a congenital Arteriovenous malformation; good odds
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / December 14, 2006 10:13 PM PST

for full recovery (about 50%). The Astros broadcaster/manager/broadcaster Larry Dierker had onbe of these about 5-6 years back, and recovered fully:

Senator's illness caused by brain tangle.

>> Envision a snarled ball of red and blue yarn, packed too tightly to pull apart. The bleeding in Sen. Tim Johnson (news, bio, voting record)'s brain resulted from a condition not too different ? where arteries and veins grew so knotted that eventually at least one burst.

It's called an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM. They can occur anywhere, but about 300,000 Americans are believed to have one in the brain or spinal cord ? although only about 12 percent of them, roughly 36,000, will notice symptoms such as headaches or seizures.

The greatest danger from these brain tangles is bleeding. AVMs account for about 2 percent of the nation's hemorrhagic, or bleeding, strokes each year, according to the National Institutes of Health. And the condition claims about 3,000 lives a year. <<

I pray for Senator Johnson and his family, as I do for the Republican Senator from Idaho recently diagnosed with leukemia.

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I say again that...
by Edward ODaniel / December 17, 2006 1:13 AM PST

Democrats demonstrate a tremendous ammount of tangled brains.

Johnson demonstrates the rule rather than the exception.

I still hope he recovers.

This is still my opinion and until certain others who express their "opinion" have their posts removed for expressing a personal opinion and who have additionally claimed that "it wasn't a personal attack when commenting on a group" either change that view and quit such postings or quit the double standard, the opinion stands.

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The question, Dave...
by J. Vega / December 17, 2006 1:35 AM PST

Dave, with a hemorrhagic stroke, the question is how much brain tissue was killed, and just as important, where that tissue was located.
His having trouble speaking and weakness on his right side would seem to indicate that there was damage to the left side of the brain. How severe and how permanent the damage was will be answered when he recovers from the surgery and is tested. It can take months, or even years, to recover some portion of lost abilities.

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It took my husband 2 1/2 years to die.
by Angeline Booher / December 17, 2006 3:17 AM PST
In reply to: The question, Dave...

There were ups and downs, and a few times he was almost back to normal.

But after over a year and a half, a shunt was placed to drain fliud buildup, after which it was mainly downhill.

His was so severe that the force of the "explosion" forced his brain to one side, like happens with head injuries in car wrecks.

I frankly am disturbed by a couple of comments made in this thread because I have a good idea what he and his family are going through. It just doesn't seem the time to make a political football out of it.

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