A veteran Democrat senator revealed significant health information that might have significant implications for the 2024 Senate race.
Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey Jr. said in a statement on Thursday that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will seek treatment.
According to WTAE-TV, the Senator’s prognosis is “excellent,” and he is set to have surgery in the upcoming months.
“I am confident that my recommended course of treatment will allow me to continue my service in the 118th Congress with minimal disruption, and I look forward to the work ahead,” Casey stated.
“While this news came as a shock, I can report that I have an excellent prognosis, as well as the benefit of exceptional medical care and the unwavering support of my family. In the coming months, I will undergo surgery, after which I am expected to make a full recovery.”
CNN stated that Casey has been a fixture in both Pennsylvania politics and Congress.
Prior to his 2006 election to the Senate, he held the positions of state treasurer and auditor general.
According to WTXF-TV, Casey’s father, the late Governor Bob Casey Sr., was afflicted with the same disease.
Due to early detection, Casey’s physician was positive about the senator’s prognosis as he explained the condition in further detail to WTXF.
“A lot of men shy away from this. A lot of men just don’t want to be bothered,” Dr. Mike Cirigliano said.
“They can save lives,” he said of screening exams and tests. “They can get an early diagnosis and get you back in shape without too much of a significant problem.”
According to the senator’s assessment, he is expected to recover rapidly.
“He’s gonna be okay. It was caught early and he’ll be back in business shortly,” Dr. Cirigliano assures.
“We have a thing like robotic surgery, that’s probably what the senator is gonna have. I’m telling you, they get people in and out in a day or so. It’s remarkable. It’s absolutely remarkable.”
While Senator Casey will likely be well in the future, the political repercussions of his sickness may cause Democrats to be even more concerned about their 2024 Senate prospects.
Already hampered by an unfavorable electoral map, the loss of a formidable, well-established incumbent in a competitive state like Pennsylvania might further diminish their chances.
Longtime Senator Debbie Stabenow said on Thursday that she will not run for re-election in 2024, presenting a headache for Democrats in the state of Michigan.