Senate Minority Leader Reid Hid Stroke for Three Days

Posted: February 15, 2006 in Politics

Senate Minority Leader Reid hid news of his stroke for three days

Friday, August 19, 2005

WASHINGTON — The Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid (search) of Nevada, suffered a brief mini-stroke Tuesday, but doctors found no complications and he feels fine, aides said Friday.

One of the nation’s most powerful elected Democrats, the 65-year-old senator canceled several appearances in Nevada late this week. But his press secretary Tessa Hafen said, “There are no complications or any restrictions on his activities.”

A gold miner’s son, Reid has become a visible leader of his party since assuming leadership of the Senate minority last January.

“He has undergone evaluations this week, and his doctors have recommended that he take advantage of the summer congressional recess for some downtime,” Hafen added.

Her statement said Reid sought medical attention at the urging of his wife, Landra. He was told he had experienced a transient ischemic attack (search).

“It’s being described as a mini-stroke … but he is feeling just fine,” Hafen said.

Reid was in his hometown of Searchlight, Nev., about an hour south of Las Vegas, when the episode occurred, and went to Las Vegas to see a doctor, Hafen said. She said he is now in Las Vegas with his family and is not hospitalized. Congress has been in recess since the beginning of August.

“He honestly has been feeling fine this week, he was just doing some tests and running some evaluations,” Hafen said. “He has run 12 marathons (in the past). He’s in good shape.”

Asked why announcement of the event was delayed for three days, Hafen said, “The reason was the tests and the evaluations that they were doing. We wanted to make sure we knew what we were announcing. You need conclusive information.”

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