January 23, 2012

Manchin Statement on Senator Mark Kirk’s Medical Condition

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today made the following statement after learning that his dear friend Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is in the hospital after suffering a stroke.

“Senator Mark Kirk is my dear friend and truly a great American, so when I left him a message today, I told him that he can’t take too much time off because the American people and I truly need him here to help change Washington and our country for the better. While I’ll miss him at the State of Union tomorrow night, I promised Mark that I will keep his seat warm.”
“Knowing Mark, I am also confident that he will make a speedy recovery and I will do everything I can to support him and his family until he is able to join us back here in Washington. My thoughts and prayers are with Mark and his family, loved ones, and staff at this time.”