Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Pray for Tim Johnson
"Senator Tim Johnson Hospitalized," Keloland TV, 13 December 2006, http://keloland.com/NewsDetail6162.cfm?Id=0,53148.
The office of Democratic Senator Tim Johnson says Johnson has suffered a possible stroke. He's at George Washington University Hospital this afternoon undergoing tests.
His condition isn't being made available at this time. Johnson turns 60 later this month.
Congresswoman Stephanie Herseth is asking people to pray for the Johnson family.
South Dakota's secretary of state, Chris Nelson, says if there is a Senate vacancy, Republican Governor Rounds would appoint a replacement who serves until the next general election in 2008. Nelson says as for what creates a vacancy, that's not defined in state law but it might be in federal law.
One of my parent's knew Tim Johnson from long ago, when they were both my age. Though I never met him, I admired his combination of intelligence and stubbornness.
As a Senator, he is known for his quiet support of farmers and farming interests. While other South Dakota senators go for the infamy and controversy circuit, Tim is a tireless pubic servant.
Hopefully all well be well, this is being blown out of proportion, and we can plan on running a candidate against him in 2010.
Both Jason and Jon over at South Dakota Politics have more.
While I have agreed with maybe... 3 positions of the Senator’s... I can do nothing but respect the man. He has always been a great voice for this state and it would be a sad day not only for his family, but for the entire state if we were to lose him.
I can only hope and pray that all of this turns out to be nothing and is fully able to continue to serve his term until 2008.
Posted by: Brendan | Wednesday, December 13, 2006
It's been interesting how South Dakotans and Americans are responding... South Dakotans   a bit better than typical Americans , sadly :-(
Fortunately it's looking like Tim's going to be ok . I hope so.
Nice Constitutional catch , btw.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Wednesday, December 13, 2006