Johnson to Run Despite Brain Hemorrhage

Colleagues amassed $2 million campaign chest in his absence
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2007 11:58 PM CDT
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., gets back into his wheelchair after speaking at his welcome-home ceremony, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, in Sioux Falls, S.D. The lawmaker today promised to run for re-election, despite...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A brain hemorrhage won't stop South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson from seeking reelection, he said yesterday. He is still in therapy and gets around in a motorized wheelchair, but claims he is ready to run. "It is clear to my family, my doctors, and me that I am able to do the hard work required of a United States senator," he said.

Republicans are reluctant to run against Johnson after South Dakota closely followed his 9-month recovery from a life-threatening brain condition, the AP reports. Johnson returned to work last month, finding a $2 million campaign chest that colleagues had raised in his absence. Two Republicans, one a state lawmaker, have vowed to run against him. (Read more Congress stories.)