Despite his frequent trips to hospitals due to health issues related to a severe stroke and a recent diagnosis of clinical depression, ailing Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) will not be asked to step down by Pennsylvania's new.
Democratic governor, Josh Shapiro. Shapiro stated that he will not take any action to replace Fetterman and would dismiss any requests made by fellow Democrats to ask Fetterman to resign.
This statement was made in response to concerns raised about Fetterman's ability to effectively carry out his duties as a senator, as The Conservative Brief reported.
Fetterman was hospitalized in Washington, D.C. one month after his Senate inauguration due to lightheadedness.
The Democrat was admitted to the hospital the next week for treatment of serious depression. Shapiro believes Fetterman will "come back stronger than ever" following his hospital stay, which is expected to last several weeks.
“He’s going to get the help that he needs… and do a great job for the people of Pennsylvania as their senator for a long time,” Shapiro told the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Fetterman suffered a stroke while campaigning in May 2022 and has since been plagued by auditory processing difficulties.
After a brief hiatus on the campaign trail, he returned to participate in some fundraisers and a disastrous debate against his Trump-backed Republican opponent, TV personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, both of whom were seeking the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
Dr. Marc Siegel, a Fox News Contributor and Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, stated that Fetterman is unlikely to be able to return to work in the near future, according to the network.
“It’s both biochemical and psychological and sociological, and a lot of pressure on him trying to perform up to the level of a US senator, whatever that means these days,” he said after reports noted that Fetterman had checked in for mental health care.
Siegel stated that he is "not his doctor" and thus does not "know exactly what prompted this," but that if the Pennsylvania Democrat “feels that he needs to be in a hospital, then I would conclude or infer that the level of depression is significant enough so that he really can’t go back to work anytime in the immediate future.”
Last week, Fetterman's team spoke to NBC News for a piece on the senator being admitted to the hospital for the second time in two weeks, saying that resignation was "never discussed and is not on the table."
“While John has experienced depression off and on throughout his life, it only became severe in recent weeks,” Adam Jentleson, Fetterman’s Chief of Staff said when his team announced the senator’s situation on Thursday.
“On Monday, John was evaluated by Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress. Yesterday, Dr. Monahan recommended inpatient care at Walter Reed. John agreed, and he is receiving treatment on a voluntary basis,” Chief of Staff Adam Jentleson noted in a statement, CNN reported at the time.
Gisele Fetterman, Fetterman's wife, said on Thursday that she is "very proud of him for asking for help," according to CNN.
“After what he’s been through in the past year, there’s probably no one who wanted to talk about his own health less than John. I’m so proud of him for asking for help and getting the care he needs,” she tweeted. “This is a difficult time for our family, so please respect our privacy.”