Curious timing: Mitch McConnell breaks shoulder as Dems clamor for reconvening of Senate to pass gun control legislation

Did Mitch get roughed up? Or is he using the injury a tactic to maintain the congressional summer recess so Dems can’t ram through gun control legislation? News articles about Mitch’s shoulder injury link the news to the recent mass shootings and some mention that Dems want the Senate reconvened in order to pass gun control legislation which already passed in the House.

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Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder after falling at Kentucky home
Ursula Perano7 | 4 Aug, 2019

(Axios) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has fractured his shoulder after falling at his Kentucky home, his spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. The 77-year-old McConnell has been treated and released from the hospital and is working from his home in Louisville.

The big picture: The injury comes as a number of Democrats and some Republicans have called upon McConnell to cancel the Senate’s August recess so that lawmakers can pass gun control legislation in the aftermath of two deadly mass shootings this weekend. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded on Sunday that Senate Republicans put an end to to their “outrageous obstruction,” referencing McConnell’s refusal to bring two background check bills passed in the House this year for a vote on the Senate floor.

www.axios.com/mitch-mcconnell-fractures-shoulder-kentucky-f22f5892-8a00-4158-93f5-c1aa1c4dfc21.html

 

 

Mitch McConnell fractures his shoulder
By MARIANNE LEVINE | 08/04/2019 04:11 PM EDT

(Politico) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fractured his shoulder on Sunday and is recovering at his home in Kentucky, according to his spokesman.

Spokesman David Popp said in a statement the majority leader tripped on his patio at home. He plans to work from home and has been in touch with GOP Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Rob Portman of Ohio, whose states were affected by mass shootings this weekend..

The first of the two shootings occurred Saturday afternoon when a gunman opened fire at a Walmart in El Paso, killing at least 20 people. Hours later, another gunman killed at least nine people in Dayton.

Cornyn went to El Paso on Sunday and vowed to work with the city’s government. “We stand with all El Pasoans in the face of this senseless violence,” he said.

Portman offered prayers for the victims and said in a statement he was “talking to local leaders and law enforcement officials” Sunday morning.

www.politico.com/story/2019/08/04/mitch-mcconnell-fractures-shoulder-1446434

Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder after fall in Kentucky home, spokesman says
By Louis Casiano | 4 August, 2019

(Fox News) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., suffered a fractured shoulder after a fall Sunday morning at his home.

McConnell injured his shoulder after he tripped and fell while on the outside patio of his Louisville home. The specifics of his injury, such as which shoulder was injured, was not revealed.

“This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder,” David Popp, McConnell’s communications director, said in a statement.

The 77-year-old was treated and released and is working from his home, Popp said.

McConnell returned to Kentucky after the Senate began a five-week recess Thursday, hailing the chamber for a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown.

The statement said the senator had expressed his sympathies to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the recent mass shootings in those communities and that he had been in touch with Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Rob Portman of Ohio to “express his deepest sympathies for the people of El Paso and Dayton and discuss the senseless tragedies of this weekend.”

www.foxnews.com/politics/mitch-mcconnell-fractures-shoulder-after-fall-in-kentucky-home

Mitch McConnell fractures shoulder in fall at Kentucky home, spokesman says
Some senators have called for an end to their five-week recess to vote on a gun bill, but a McConnell spokesman said he would “continue to work from home”
By Dartunorro Clark | Aug. 4, 2019

(NBC News) – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell fractured his shoulder after tripping and falling at his Kentucky home, a spokesman told NBC News in a statement.

“This morning, Leader McConnell tripped at home on his outside patio and suffered a fractured shoulder. He has been treated, released, and is working from home in Louisville,” David Popp, the Republican lawmaker’s spokesman, said in a statement.

Popp said that McConnell called the Republican senators of Texas and Ohio about the two mass shootings that occurred in their states this weekend.

A number of Democrats have called for an end to their five-week recess to vote on a gun bill that has already passed the House after the shootings left at least 29 dead and 53 injured. The El Paso shooting is being treated by law enforcement as an act of domestic terrorism. McConnell’s office gave no indication that the majority leader would call the Senate back into session.

www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/mitch-mcconnell-fractures-shoulder-fall-kentucky-home-spokesman-says-n1039106

Aide: Sen Mitch McConnell trips, breaks shoulder in Kentucky
Aug 4, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

(PBS News Hour Weekend) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is recovering at home in Kentucky after suffering a shoulder fracture in a fall Sunday, a spokesman said.

McConnell tripped on his outdoor patio at his Louisville home Sunday morning, and has been treated and released after getting medical attention, said David Popp, a spokesman for the Kentucky Republican. Popp’s emailed statement said the 77-year-old McConnell is working from home in Louisville and “will continue to work from home” for now.

The statement didn’t elaborate on where he received help or what treatment he received or the expected time needed for recovery. A McConnell spokesman didn’t immediately return a telephone message Sunday evening.

The statement said McConnell has expressed his sympathies to the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following the recent mass shootings in those communities and that he had been in touch with two Senate colleagues for those states.

McConnell returned to Kentucky after the Senate began a five-week recess Thursday, hailing the chamber for a hard-won budget deal that staves off a possible government shutdown. But McConnell, who is up for reelection next year and has aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump, has recently been criticized for blocking election security legislation aimed at protecting the nation’s political system against foreign attacks.

On Saturday the sixth-term senator attended Kentucky’s premier political event, where some Democrats wore “Moscow Mitch” shirts depicting the communist-era hammer and sickle and others heckled McConnell during the stump-style speaking at the Fancy Farm picnic.

McConnell has pushed back hard against his critics, likening the attacks to “modern-day McCarthyism.” He received a long ovation during a Republican breakfast Saturday.

“It’s appropriate to see a bunch of Democrats running around with communist flags on their shirts,” the senator told reporters at the breakfast. “That ought to tell you something about where they want to take the country with the Green New Deal and Medicare for all. Their whole agenda would fundamentally change the country with something it’s never been.”

www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/aide-sen-mitch-mcconnell-trips-breaks-shoulder-in-kentucky

Dems have this angle, too:

“But McConnell, who is up for reelection next year and has aligned himself closely with President Donald Trump, has recently been criticized for blocking election security legislation aimed at protecting the nation’s political system against foreign attacks.
www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/aide-sen-mitch-mcconnell-trips-breaks-shoulder-in-kentucky

Congressional Dems want the Senate reconvened so they can pass legislation for (1) gun control and (2) blocking foreign influence of US elections (that is, Russia! Russia! Russia!). If the Senate is not reconvened, then Dem candidates will bolster politicizing both these points and blame Mitch for holding up the will of the people.

 

 

h/t Fist McKraken

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