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Ross Spano suffers ‘mild cardiac event,’ expected to return to campaign trail soon

A spokeswoman for Spano's Congressional bid said his campaign is not suspended.
Rep. Ross Spano
Rep. Ross Spano
Published Jul. 23, 2018
Updated Jul. 30, 2018

State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, a candidate for Congress, has experienced what his campaign calls "a mild cardiac event" and is off the campaign trail, at least temporarily.

An emailed statement from the Spano campaign said he experienced the event Sunday evening following a strenuous workout Sunday.

Spokeswoman Sandi Poreda said she said she couldn't elaborate on the nature of the cardiac event.

Asked how long Spano is likely to be off the campaign trail, Poreda said, "Everybody's been pretty optimistic – I don't expect it would be anything prolonged."

Spano's return to campaigning is "not in question," she said. "The campaign is not suspended."

She said Spano, 52, experienced the problem after about 1 ½ hours of weightlifting.

The campaign statement said his prognosis is good, and a complete recovery is expected.

Here's the text of the statement from the campaign:

"The Spano for Congress Campaign today issued a statement after Representative Ross Spano experienced a mild cardiac event yesterday following a strenuous workout. First responders were at the scene within minutes and he was transported to a local hospital, where he was treated with expert care. His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full and complete recovery.

'I want to thank the first responders, nurses and doctors for the exceptional care and treatment they have provided me and my family,' said Spano. 'They are true heroes.

'Amie and I also deeply appreciate the outpouring of support and prayers we've received from the members of this community. God has work for me to do, and I'm grateful I have the opportunity to serve Him through my service to my constituents and our country.

'I look forward to a swift recovery and hitting the campaign trail again very soon.'"

Spano is one of five Republicans vying for the nomination to replace U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, who is retiring later this year. Other Republicans in the race include former State Rep. Neil Combee, homebuilder Sean Harper, agriculture technology consultant Danny Kushmer and family counselor Ed Shoemaker.

Three Democrats are also running in the district, which covers part of eastern Hillsborough, northern Polk and southern Lake counties.