Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been ordered on strict R &R after a freak exercise accident left him torn up with broken bones and a concussion. He apparently fell off the exercise machine on New Year’s Day.
Was the elliptical on full throttle? (To be fair, the machine reportedly broke and that’s when Reid fell.)
According to a statement released Tuesday by Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson, doctors have ordered Reid, 75, to stay home until his brittle bones can heal.
Naturally Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) will assume Reid’s duties until he’s fully vertical.
Reid’s poor ribs — in 2012, he was in a car accident in Nevada that injured both his ribs and hips.
See the statement below:
“Senator Reid is in Washington but on orders from his doctors he will not come into the office so that his injuries can continue to heal. He has been diagnosed with broken bones in his face and three broken ribs, as well as a concussion.
“Despite his injuries, he has been working every day, holding meetings with fellow Senators and staff. Senator Reid has spoken with President Obama multiple times since his injury and will continue to keep a busy schedule in the coming days.
“According to precedent, Senator Durbin, the Assistant Democratic Leader, will assume Senator Reid’s duties on the floor until Senator Reid’s doctors allow him to return.”