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UPDATED: California Senate Candidate Fiorina Hospitalized

UPDATED: California Senate Candidate Fiorina Hospitalized

Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina has been hospitalized to treat an infection related to post breast cancer reconstructive surgery she had last summer, forcing her to suspend her campaign schedule in the final week of a tight race against sitting Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.

According to the Fiorina campaign statement:

Carly learned more than a year and a half ago that she, like millions of women, had breast cancer. After successfully battling cancer, she had reconstructive surgery this summer and remains cancer free today. However, this morning Carly came down with an infection associated with the reconstructive surgery and, as a result, she was admitted to the hospital to receive antibiotics to treat this infection. While this will impact her campaign schedule today, Carly is upbeat and her doctors expect her to make a quick and full recovery and be back out on the campaign trail soon. Carly is looking forward to getting back to her full campaign schedule and to defeating Barbara Boxer on November 2.

Fiorina, 56, announced in February 2009 that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer and completed chemotherapy and radiation treatments a year ago. The reconstructive surgery was completed in July of this year.

Fiorina was forced to cancel meetings with two Riverside-area small business leaders on Tuesday as her opponent, Senator Barbara Boxer, campaigned with First Lady Michelle Obama in Los Angeles.

A recent University of Southern California-LA Times poll showed the incumbent Boxer maintaining a 47 percent to 41 percent margin over Fiorina. The gap has narrowed since the same poll was taken last month.

Rose Kapolczynski, Senator Boxer’s campaign manager, issued a short statement on Fiorina’s hospitalization:

We wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery and hope she is able to return to her normal schedule soon.


UPDATE: Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina was released from the hospital on Wednesday and plans to resume her full campaign schedule on Thursday, according to a campaign statement:

“Since she was admitted to the hospital yesterday morning, Carly has been successfully treated for the infection she had as a result of reconstructive surgery following her victory over breast cancer,” her campaign said in a statement. “This morning, her doctors gave her the good news that she will be released from the hospital today and can resume her busy campaign schedule tomorrow. Carly is grateful for the outpouring of well wishes and prayers from so many Californian. She is excited to get back on the campaign trail and to move forward toward a triumph over Barbara Boxer next Tuesday.”

The Boxer camp reacted via Twitter:

“I wish Carly Fiorina a speedy recovery. Her staff has said she will released from the hospital today and that’s good news.”


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12:27PM PDT on Oct 31, 2010

Sorry she is sick but I can't stand the B.

10:23AM PDT on Oct 30, 2010

The Republican's campaigns have left me so jaded I really think this is just one more trick since she was lagging behind Boxer to get the sympathy vote. She "sucessfully beat the cancer." She had reconstructive surgery in
July and three months later has an infection linked to that reconstructive surgery? Perhaps, but why wait so long that you have to enter hospital for antibiotics? Timing puts everything in question.

In spite of that, good health to her; but vote for Boxer!

8:32PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I wish her well on her recovery, and also wish that the many thousands of former HP employees who she personally laid off to further her financial gain have the same access to health care that she has.

6:22PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I don't wish Fiorina or anyone else any ill, but I do hope success for her progressive opponent in this election.

3:57PM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I wish Carly well, a speedly and complete recovery along with a huge defeat.

11:25AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

That's exactly the kind of thing that will bring out a sympathy vote. She just might narrow the already narrow gap because of this. Do I think it's a campaign strategy? I doubt it, but only because I don't think she's smart enough to come up with it. I absolutely do think she's devious enough.

10:08AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

At least she can afford good health care. Heck she might even still be covered under her HP plan as part of her golden parachute. No need for health care reform if you have good health care, right ?/

8:31AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I agree with Jack.

7:31AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

I am so sick of this election year. The mud slinging and other crap that has gone on sickens me.

5:52AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

Best wishes for Fiorina's recovery.
People should not vote on whether the candidate has had cancer or not. but should stick to where the candidates stand on various issues.

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