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Capito Standing Beside McConnell When He Was Unable To Speak

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Washington, DC – West Virginia Republican Senator Shelley Moore Capito was standing next to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, 81, froze and was apparently unable to speak during his weekly press conference.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, appeared to abruptly freeze as he was surrounded by many of his colleagues for the press briefing Wednesday.

Video of the event, as well as eyewitnesses, confirmed that Capito was standing next to McConnell when he began his remarks.

Speaking in obviously subdued language, McConnell said only three or four sentences before suddenly freezing.

Capito appeared to be aware that McConnell was struggling briefly before he stopped speaking.

Other Senate leaders quickly, including John Barrasso of Wyoming, approached the Minority Leader. When asked if he wanted to talk any more to the press “or go to your office,” he indicated to Barrasso that he would go to the office.

As stunned colleagues looked on, Senators Barrasso and John Thune of South Dakota escorted McConnell to the other side of the hallway.

After a few minutes, McConnell returned to the lectern and answered a few questions.

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McConnell generally shrugged off questions about his health. He did not answer a question about whether a March fall that resulted in a concussion had anything to do with today’s episode.

“I’m fine. I’m fine,” he said.

An aide told the press that  he had “felt light-headed and stepped away for a moment.”

A Capito spokesperson did not return a call seeking comment by publication time.

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  • Ron Gregory

    From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia – Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state. View all posts

From Mayor of Glenville at age 26 to Assistant Mayor of Charleston, management of various public entities, and countless political races in West Virginia - Ron Gregory is the most noted political correspondent in the state.

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