California Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was hospitalized this week due to an infection related to breast implants put in after her battle with breast cancer, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fiorina is a part of one of the tightest races in the country this election season, trying to unseat her bitter rival, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. The two are almost tied in the polls, and the effects of Fiorina’s hospitalization on her campaign remains to be seen.
According to her campaign manager, Fiorina should be back campaigning within the next couple of days. As for Boxer’s camp, they have said that they wish Fiorina the best but don’t plan on easing up on any of their attack ads. Fiorina isn’t the only politician to be stricken ill; others such as Senator Arlen Specter, Senator John McCain, and Senator Ted Kennedy have all fought illnesses while serving the government.
Arlen Specter, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has battled both a brain tumor and Hodgkin’s lymphoma while serving in office. He was diagnosed with the cancer in 2005 and was in remission when he was diagnosed with it again in 2008, according to About. Besides the cancer, Specter also had a brain tumor twice, in 1993 and in 1998. Specter, although running for office many times and successfully winning, never ran while undergoing treatment for one of his many health scares. However, throughout each diagnosis, he kept working and was reelected multiple times after these health problems. His bad health didn’t seem to have any effect on his campaigns, but his party-switching did.
Senator John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and a former presidential candidate, has had his own battle with skin cancer. After losing the GOP nomination to George W. Bush in 2000, McCain got a mark on his cheek checked out, which happened to be Melanoma, according to The New York Times. When running for President in 2008, McCain found his health status again at the center of his campaign. Although McCain did not win the presidential election, his health didn’t seem to play that big of a role in that.
Perhaps the most well known battle with a disease by a politician was none other than Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democrat from Massachusetts. Kennedy was a politician for 50 years. He only received the brain cancer diagnosis in 2008 and underwent surgery in June of 2008, according to USA Today. He returned to Congress shortly after the surgery but succumbed to the disease in September of 2009. Even though his diagnosis and treatment of the cancer, also known as Glioblastoma, Kennedy was well loved by the people of Massachusetts and the nation.
After reviewing other politicians’ battles with their health, Carly Fiorina seems to have a good chance of staying in the election. If she was running for president, the public might be wary of a sick candidate, but senators who have had health scares have been able to go on and win elections and have long careers. Her chances are just as good as they were before the latest hospitalization. When the election rolls around, we can only guess as to the outcome of it.
Jim Carlton, “Fiorina Campaign Gets Interrupted by Hospitalization” The Wall Street Journal
Lisa Fayed, “Sen. Arlen Specter’s Cancer Returns” About
Lawrence K. Altman, “On the Campaign Trail, Few Mentions of McCain’s Bout with Melanoma” The New York Times
Seung Min Kim, Eugene Kiely, Joshua Hatch, “Sen. Edward Kennedy, 77, dies of cancer”