John Fetterman’s wife, Gisele, told CNN that her husband is “feeling great” following pacemaker surgery today and “ready to get back on the ground.”
Gisele spoke to CNN from Fetterman’s campaign headquarters after he won the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania.
Fetterman, who announced Sunday that he’s recovering after a stroke, is at the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital according to a statement, which noted he first went to the hospital Friday.
The campaign announced that the lieutenant governor would have a pacemaker implanted to regulate “his heart rate and rhythm” and control “his atrial fibrillation,” the cause of the stroke.
“He is a bionic man now. He’s feeling great,” Gisele told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “The surgery was perfect, and he is impatient and he is just ready to get back on the ground. I’m not letting him just yet,” she said.
She added that there is no firm date on when Fetterman will be released from the hospital, but she’s confident that he’ll be able to continue to campaign moving forward.
“The more I learn about the procedure he’s had, over a million Americans have this done every year. They lead great lives. I’m confident that he’ll be able to perform his job and do a great job. Continue to do so,” she said.
When asked whether Fetterman will be transparent with voters regarding his health, Gisele said, “Absolutely.”
“My kids knew right before the rest of the world did. And we have been open and transparent through the whole thing. We’ll continue to be. The exciting news to share is that surgery was perfect. And he’s well on the road to full recovery,” she said.
Gisele also had a message for voters on why they should vote for Fetterman.
“He’s someone who listens. He wants to understand your issues. Whether you voted for him now or not. He wants to be a senator for all of Pennsylvania. So, he really cares about people. And he wants to understand what your needs are and priorities are. And the label of progressive or not — the things he’s running now are the same things he ran back then when they called him progressive. Now it’s where the party has shifted. I think he’s someone who’s alway been able to shift the needle on issues. And I think he’ll continue to do that. He is passionate about the work he does, he works on tough issues. And he slowly moves the needle to get others on board on this work,” she said.