Fetterman makes a surprise appearance at the Pittsburgh Volunteer Center
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman made his first campaign-related appearance last weekend since suffering a stroke in May.
Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, posted a video to his Twitter feed on Saturday showing him and his wife, Gisele, making a surprise visit to a Pennsylvania Democratic Party volunteer training site in Pittsburgh.
Sporting his signature hoodie and shorts, Fetterman strolled through the center and received a standing ovation from the volunteers.
“It’s incredibly special to be back here in a room with all of you and this energy in the room,” Fetterman said, thanking the volunteers. “I feel so good and we will be back on the track soon. We are almost at 100%.
Fetterman suffered a stroke on May 13, just four days before the Senate primary and days later a pacemaker with a defibrillator was also implanted. He has been recovering at his home in Braddock, just outside Pittsburgh, since being discharged from Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital.
On the nearly 90-second video, Fetterman says the episode “was almost the end of my life, and it’s totally changed my life ever since.”
Off the campaign trail since his stroke, Fetterman has stayed busy, however, throwing beards online and airborne attack announcements to Republican opponent Dr. Mehmet Oz.
Earlier this month, Fetterman’s campaign spokesman Joe Calvello told PennLive the 52-year-old remains on the path to full recovery and will return to the campaign trail “very soon” afterward. having skipped the 4th of July weekend festivities.
Calvello said Fetterman was resuming his normal activities, including going to the grocery store and driving his children.
Christina Kauffman, Fetterman’s chief of staff in the lieutenant governor’s office, said at the time that he had “performed all of his official duties” except for presiding over the state Senate.
Fetterman’s only other currently known scheduled appearance related to the campaign will be at a sold-out private reception by Democratic Jewish Outreach Pennsylvania at a residence in Wynnewood, near Philadelphia, on July 21, where tickets cost between $100 and $2,900.