An adviser for Sen.-elect John Fetterman is reminding people that he will not be able to answer questions in the usual way due to health-related conditions.
Rebecca Katz, a longtime Fetterman adviser, responded to a HuffPost reporter’s tweet, saying that there are “two things we need to get out of the way” as reporters are covering the orientation for new members of Congress.
“John Fetterman has a suit and will wear it to the Capitol,” Katz tweeted. “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.”
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. https://t.co/0UCe47d9QC
— Rebecca Katz (@RebeccaKKatz) November 15, 2022
Reporter Igor Bobic had tweeted a photo of Fetterman in a suit surrounded by staffers and said that he “didn’t answer when I asked if he’ll be able to wear his hoodie on Senate floor.”
Fetterman’s stroke played a significant role during his campaign for senator, with the senator-elect even admitting that it would change many things. He said, however, that he would still fight for Pennsylvanians and get “better and better” every day.
The GOP used Fetterman’s health problems, slow responses, and need for closed captioning at interviews and debates to argue that he should not be elected. However, Fetterman beat Republican opponent Mehmet Oz, a doctor who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. He was one of many Trump-endorsed Senate candidates to lose in the 2022 midterm elections.
Fetterman’s success in flipping Pennsylvania blue proved to be a significant victory for Democrats, who were fighting tooth and nail to keep a majority in the Senate. With wins in Nevada and Arizona, Democrats will keep their Senate majority for the next Congress session. The House is still up in the air, with Republicans needing one more seat to take the majority.