Rep. Cresent Hardy (R-Nev.) has been hospitalized after suffering a minor heart attack on Monday, but is expected to return to Congress next week, his office told multiple local newspapers.
Hardy, who’s facing a tough reelection race this fall, underwent a “routine medical procedure,” his spokesman Larry Farnsworth said Monday evening. The incident occurred in the Las Vegas area, and he remains hospitalized.
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“Out of an abundance of caution, doctors are continuing to observe him while he makes a full and speedy recovery,” Farnsworth wrote in a statement. “We expect the Congressman to return to a full schedule later this week and is expected to be in Washington next week for votes when Congress returns from the August district work period.”
House Republicans added the 59-year-old lawmaker to their campaign committee’s “Patriot Program” for members facing the most daunting reelection challenges. He’s facing Democrat Ruben Kihuen, a Mexican-American state senator, in a district with a large Hispanic population. Democrats are trying to tie Republicans including Hardy to Donald Trump’s controversial comments about Hispanics and immigration.