WASHINGTON — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hospitalized Wednesday night after a trip to a hotel, a spokesman said.
“This evening, Leader McConnell slipped and fell during a private party at a local hotel. He has been hospitalized and is receiving treatment,” his spokesman, David Popp, said in a statement.
McConnell, 81, collapsed at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Washington, DC, the senator’s spokeswoman confirmed to NBC News.
Vito Maggiolo, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, said Thursday morning that an “adult male” was transported from the Waldorf Astoria at 9:17 p.m. Wednesday, and was called after a report of a fall. At the hotel. The person was taken to a local hospital and “notes do not indicate the patient’s condition,” he said.
He McConnell could not identify the man who fell or what hospital he was taken to, citing privacy issues under a federal law that restricts the release of medical information.
In 2019, McConnell suffered a broken shoulder blade after tripping and falling at his home in Kentucky. The GOP leader underwent surgery for a broken bone.
No further information on his condition was immediately available Wednesday night.
This incident was first reported Punchbowl NewsA political news website.
McConnell was first elected to the Senate in 1984 and was re-elected in 2020 to serve a seventh term.
He was Senate Majority Leader from 2015 to early 2021, when the Democrats held a majority after the 2020 election.
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