As many questions and rumors continue to fly around concerning the health and fitness of John Fetterman, a current Pennsylvania Democratic Senate candidate, following a stroke he suffered earlier in the year, his political campaign put out a rather favorable report concerning his health on Wednesday of this week.
And this would normally be the kind of revelation that would silence detractors who are concerned that perhaps Fetterman’s health is not up to par for taking on the role of a U.S. Senator. However, there’s a pretty massive conflict of interest that is sparking a whole lot of doubt concerning the truthfulness of this report.
According to the Conservative Brief, the doctor who put out the report has apparently donated thousands of dollars to Fetterman’s campaign, along with those of other Democrats.
“The report from Dr. Clifford Chen, Fetterman’s primary care physician, said that the candidate — who is Pennsylvania’s current lieutenant governor — is in good health and will be able to fulfill his senatorial duties. But, the Daily Wire reported, Chen has given more than $1,300 to Fetterman’s campaign and roughly $2,500 to Democrats running in tough, close races around the country,” the CB report said.
“Overall, the Lt. Governor is recovering well from his stroke and his health has continued to improve,” Chen went on to write in the piece, going on to add that the candidate’s physical exam turned out completely normal, with normal strength and coordination in all four extremities.
“He spoke intelligently without cognitive deficit. His speech was normal and he continues to exhibit symptoms of an auditory processing disorder which can come across as hearing difficulty. Occasional words he will ‘miss’ which seems like he doesn’t hear the word but it is actually not processed properly,” the report continued.
“His hearing of sound such as music is not affected. His communication is significantly improved compared to his first visit assisted by speech therapy which he has attended on a regular basis since the stroke,” the medical documentation read.
“I have spoken with his neurologist and cardiologist and he will follow-up with them routinely,” Chen stated. “The Lt. Governor takes appropriate medications to optimize his heart condition and prevent future strokes. He also exercises routinely and can walk 4 to 5 miles regularly without difficulty. Overall, Lt. Governor Fetterman is well and shows strong commitment to maintaining good fitness and health practices. He has no work restrictions and can work full duty in public office.”
The Daily Wire’s report added that Chen has been a rather active donor for Fetterman ever since he first announced his candidacy in 2021. Public records from the Federal Elections Commission has revealed that the doctor donated $500 to the campaign in 2021, and then a total of $830 this year, which includes a $100 contribution made as recently as September 23.
But hey, that’s fine, right? There’s no way this guy would compromise his dedication to being a doctor for the sake of helping a friend win a political campaign, would he? That would be unethical.
“Chen also has a history of donating to Democrats nationwide since 2014. According to FEC records, he donated more than $3,000 to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign; he donated to Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, as well as the Senate campaigns of Georgia Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, and Nancy Pelosi’s House race. This year, he also donated to Florida Democrat Val Demings’ Senate campaign. He is also frequent contributor to ActBlue, the Democratic Party’s campaign fundraising arm, and several Democratic campaign arms and PACs,” the CB report explained.
When questioned about this potential conflict of interest, Fetterman ignored them.
“This isn’t about politics – it’s an independent, detailed medical report written by John’s primary care doctor based on his latest office visit from last week,” Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Calvello commented, according to an article from Fox News. “Anybody baselessly attacking John’s doctor or questioning the standards and integrity of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center system is grasping at straws because the issue that Dr. Oz staked his whole campaign on just fell apart today.”
Worries about the cognitive abilities of Fetterman became headline news after an interview with NBC News earlier in October where he had to employ the use of a teleprompter in order to understand the questions he was asked before answering them.
“In small talk before the interview, without captioning, it wasn’t clear he was understanding our conversation,” NBC News correspondent Dasha Burns stated during a conversation with Lester Holt on “NBC Nightly News” report.
“I don’t think it’s going to have an impact,” the Democrat candidate went on to comment. “I feel like I’m gonna get better and better – every day. And by January, I’m going [to] be, you know, much better. And Dr. Oz is still going to be a fraud.”
Fetterman did admit that the stroke has had a significant impact on his life.
“I sometimes will hear things in a way that’s not perfectly clear. So I use captioning so I’m able to see what you’re saying on the captioning,” the Democrat revealed.
“But it gets much, much better where I take in a lot,” the Senate candidate continued. “But to be precise, I use captioning, so that’s really the maiming, excuse me, that’s the major challenge. And every now and then, I’ll miss a word. Every now and then. Or sometimes I’ll maybe mush two words together. But as long as I have captioning, I’m able to understand exactly what’s being asked.”