Democratic Senator Suffers Serious Injury at Parade, Undergoes Surgery


Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal received “completely successful” surgery Sunday to treat a broken leg suffered during the victory parade for the University of Connecticut Huskies celebrating their April 3 NCAA men’s basketball tournament victory.

Blumenthal, 77, said he expected to back at work next week, a statement that undoubtedly brought some relief to Democratic leadership.

Given that the party holds only a very slim Senate majority, every vote matters.

Politico noted that three other Democratic senators — California’s Dianne Feinstein, Illinois’ Dick Durbin, and Pennsylvania’s John Fetterman have all been absent from the Senate floor for health reasons of one sort another this year.

The party holds a razor-thing 50-49-1 majority.

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Blumenthal tweeted that he was injured “after a fellow parade goer tripped & fell on me during the parade.”

Fellow Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy was, unsurprisingly, supportive.

Of course, not everyone on Twitter was as big of a fan as Murphy.

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Blumenthal, a former U.S. Marine and Connecticut state attorney general, has been a member of the Senate since first winning election in 2010.

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George Upper, is the former editor-in-chief of The Western Journal and is now a contributing editor in the areas of faith, politics and culture. He currently serves as the connections pastor at Awestruck Church in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a former U.S. Army special operator, teacher, manager and consultant. Born in Massachusetts, he graduated from Foxborough High School before joining the Army and spending most of the next three years at Fort Bragg. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English as well as a Master's in Business Administration, all from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He and his wife life only a short drive from his three children, their spouses and his grandchildren. He is a lifetime member of the NRA and in his spare time he shoots, reads a lot of Lawrence Block and John D. MacDonald, and watches Bruce Campbell movies. He is a fan of individual freedom, Tommy Bahama, fine-point G-2 pens and the Oxford comma.
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