Beto announced he is postponing campaign events due to him being hospitalized with a bacterial infection. He said he went to a Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after feeling ill Friday and was later diagnosed.
No timetable for his return has been given.
Beto O’Rourke, Texas’ Democratic candidate for governor, will “postpone events” after being hospitalized with a bacterial infection, he wrote Sunday on Twitter.
The former member of Congress was hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after feeling sick on Friday, he wrote. He was diagnosed with a bacterial infection and received care including IV antibiotics, according to the tweet.
After feeling ill on Friday, I went to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where I was diagnosed with a bacterial infection.
The extraordinary team there — from custodians to nurses and doctors — gave me excellent care and attention, including IV antibiotics and rest.
While my symptoms have improved, I will be resting at home in El Paso in accordance with the doctors’ recommendations.
I am sorry to have had to postpone events because of this, but promise to be back on the road with you as soon as I am able.
It is unclear what impact this will have on the race.
According to Mark Jones, a political science professor at Rice University how long Beto is out will determine how big of an impact this will have on the race.
O’Rourke’s ability to bounce back from the illness will determine to what extent, if any, the postponement of in-person events may damage his race, according to Jones. On Monday, the campaign said O’Rourke would hold two virtual events with the Latinos Con Beto Coalition and the Black Texans for Beto groups.
“If it’s just this week running up to Labor Day, it probably has little to no effect,” Jones said. “But if it becomes more serious, that he’s unable to maintain such a vigorous pace, it would begin to have a negative impact on his attempt to close the gap with Abbott.”