If you're looking for more info on what's going on with Leonard Boswell, well, I don't know what to say. Much like last time around (in 2005 when Boswell had his first surgery), his campaign is slow to say much and when it does, it says very little.
This statement came around 9pm.
Washington, DC—Today, Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell underwent surgery to have a revision from his previous surgery in 2005.
Following is a statement from Boswell’s Chief of Staff, Susan McAvoy:
“We are pleased to report that the surgery was a success, and the Congressman is resting comfortably with his family. He will be back to the people’s business soon and expects to be back to work in the near future.”
That is it. Do they really think this is all Iowans need to know? Right or wrong, Boswell is a 74-year-old man who underwent some other type of surgery in 2005. He wants voters to trust him to re-elect him to another term in office.
Boswell to my knowledge never has really told us much about that "mass" doctors removed from his abdomen. His campaign said it was "non-cancerous", yet the Congressman underwent chemotherapy, lost some hair and a bunch of weight.
So we know this latest surgery has something to do with the first one. I'm told from several Democratic sources this surgery took place this morning. Yet, we didn't receive any official word from his office until about 9pm after I and I'm sure other reporters from across the state began calling.
Undoubtedly, this is a delicate matter. Undoubtedly, friends and family only want what's best for the Congressman. Undoubtedly, politically this is also delicate. Democrats don't want to see this newest health issue for this senior citizen legislator to scare Iowans into thinking he is no longer able to handle the rigors of office. Let's hope the Congressman's office believes it's important to tell voters what's happening. Let's hope those voters will learn more information about the man they've elected to represent them in one form or another for three decades. Let's hope they learn more than "a revision from his previous surgery in 2005."