March 15 – It was early in February when Senator John Fetterman checked himself into Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for clinical depression.
Staff reports say he could be out in two weeks, but it begs the question, how is his health?
The freshman Senator had suffered a stroke just a few days before the Pennsylvania Primary Election, where he won the Democratic nomination for the Senate seat. In the November midterms, he took the seat from the Republican contender Mehmet Oz.
Since then, it’s been an up-and-down story with his health.
While photos have been released of the Senator working in the hospital and his family getting burgers, nothing has been discussed about his actual condition.
And, interestingly enough, there has been no video released at all.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Continue to color me very suspicious about this whole thing. I think his team are very deliberately dropping some of these very minor things, like the pictures last week showing him working, the pictures earlier this week with his family eating Wendy’s. Now yesterday there’s a comment to the New York Post, there’s another comment to CNN from staff people saying he’s getting better, he’s going to be back in a couple of weeks. Each time they do this, it buys some more time. I think it creates the public perception that this is the quote unquote update, but when you really step away from it, we know really very little, almost nothing more now than we did six weeks ago when he went into the hospital.”
It’s curious why staff hasn’t arranged for a news outlet to do a sit-down interview.
Barkdoll said, “The fact none of that is happening makes me very suspicious. I hope he does get out in a few weeks, but even if it’s a few weeks, we now are over two months that he’s been missing. Do we fast-forward two or three weeks and is it okay, he’s getting close, it’s going to be another couple weeks? And do they just keep drawing this out to buy more time?”
Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM noted, “A friend of Fetterman are all over the media. They should just call WITF. I’m certain that they could find the right lens to film him through. That would be easy, low-hanging fruit for those guys. It certainly wouldn’t give you the truth on it. They held cover for him all along his campaign.”
Barkdoll agreed, “They could go pick and choose a very friendly outlet to come in there with a camera crew and a reporter to sit down with him to do an interview. I think that would go a long way, it would stop these sort of discussions. It would stop a lot of the speculation, but the fact they are not doing that tells me that this may be a more serious problem than we’ve been led to believe.”