Key Senator Appears 'Disoriented' Upon Return

Thad Cochran, 79, seen as 'frail' by Politico, which could mean trouble for GOP
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2017 8:37 AM CDT

(Newser) – Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran returned to Washington this week after missing about a month over what aides have called a "urological issue" and, later, a urinary tract infection. The Republican's return, however, has done little to ease speculation about his health, especially after a shaky interview with Politico and his use of a wheelchair, notes the Clarion-Legder. Cochran, who turns 80 next month and is now in his seventh term, chairs the powerful Appropriations Committee and, beyond that, his presence at the Capitol is vital to the GOP on any important vote. Coverage:

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