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Florida Rep. John Rutherford collapses in Capitol



WASHINGTON - Rep. John Rutherford, R-Jacksonville, collapsed during voting Wednesday night and was removed from the Capitol on a stretcher. He is now recovering.

"He appeared to be receiving oxygen through a mask," according to The Hill. "GOP lawmakers emerged from the vote a short time later, saying Rutherford had been 'stabilized.' "

UPDATE: Kelly Simpson, Rutherford’s chief of staff, said: "Congressman Rutherford is conscious, alert, and in good spirits. He did not suffer a heart attack, but he continues to be evaluated by doctors. A further update on the Congressman's condition will be provided once doctors have finished their evaluation. The Rutherford family appreciates the prayers, thoughts, and support they have received this evening."

Fellow Rep. Al Lawson issued a statement. “My thought and prayers are with John and Patricia Rutherford during this time, as he deals with this very difficult health challenge. John is a good friend and colleague. During the past few weeks, we had been discussing issues we could work on together for our community. I ask the people of Florida to join me in praying for John and his full recovery.”

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:56pm]


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