PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — There’s loads of political fallout from Senator John Fetterman’s determination to obtain in-patient therapy for scientific melancholy.

As KDKA-TV political editor Jon Delano reviews, whereas all people needs the senator a speedy restoration, the political implications usually come by way of a partisan lens.

Fetterman’s absence from Senate to recuperate from melancholy may have political penalties


There have been no updates on Friday on Fetterman’s therapy for scientific melancholy at Walter Reed Army Medical Heart in Washington, D.C. The senator admitted himself there on Wednesday evening for what his employees mentioned was extreme melancholy, a typical prevalence following a stroke.

Allegheny County Councilman and Republican Chair Sam DeMarco, who supported Mehmet Oz final fall, recommended Fetterman ought to have dropped out of the Senate race final yr. 

“We’ll be praying for his restoration,” he mentioned in a press release to KDKA-TV. “Nevertheless, this highlights as soon as once more the exploitation of a person who actually wanted to deal with his restoration from a serious stroke . … John Fetterman wants good long-term care and a goodly quantity of recuperation, not the pressures of a Senate seat.”   

“Sadly, there are individuals within the political world who will attempt to make a political situation of this,” mentioned Mike Mikus, a Democratic political strategist.

Mikus mentioned Fetterman was braver than most politicians to go public together with his psychological well being challenges and mentioned that may assist him in the long term. 

“There’s way more acceptance to anyone coping with psychological well being than previously,” Mikus mentioned. “Ten, 20, 30 years in the past, this may increasingly have ended his profession. However I actually do not assume that is the case now.”

Republican strategist Mike Devanney mentioned the Senate job could be very tense and wonders whether or not Fetterman is up for it.

“It is a tense job,” he mentioned. “It is tense when you could have votes. It is tense if you end up making selections. It is tense if you end up coping with your colleagues. It’s a 24/7 job, and it is a troublesome job. And I feel he and his household and the remainder of his colleagues within the Senate over the course of the following few months will hopefully have the ability to navigate a pathway ahead that each permits him a strategy to heal but in addition permits him to have the ability to successfully serve.”

Whereas no person thinks Fetterman will step down having simply gotten elected to a six-year time period, if he does so, Governor Josh Shapiro appoints a substitute with a particular election to be held on the subsequent basic election.

Fetterman’s workplace mentioned it has been overwhelmed with telephone calls wishing the senator properly.