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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Two weeks after breaking her leg in a fall, New York Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter said Tuesday she is undergoing painful rehabilitation but hopes to return to Washington early next month, and her health is otherwise “fine.”
The 82-year-old Democrat and her doctor spoke to reporters during a press conference at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she expects to stay for the next week and a half while spending about three hours a day in physical therapy.
She used the occasion to dismiss as “absolutely not true” rumors that she is seriously ill as she embarks on what may be her toughest campaign in a newly redrawn district. She is being challenged by Republican Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks.
“My health is fine; it’s good,” the 13-term congresswoman said. “I would not be running for office if I was about to die. I never start something I don’t intend to finish.”
Ms. Slaughter said she, her daughter and granddaughter were crossing a New York City street where construction was under way April 2 when she tripped on a portion that was dug up.
“I sat there and watched my left leg swell up and my left foot pointing over to the side,” she said, adding it “scared my granddaughter to pieces.”
Mr. Rubio is the telegenic son of Cuban exiles and a potential vice-presidential pick. He is pulling together a bill that would allow young illegal immigrants to remain in the United States but denies them citizenship.
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