Boozman to skip his big annual fundraiser as he recovers from heart surgery

June 3, 2014

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), photographed in 2013. (Danny Johnston/AP)

Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) will skip his big annual fundraiser Friday as he continues recovering from emergency heart surgery, according to a message sent to his political supporters.

Invitations for Boozman's Annual Fish Fry were sent to supporters Tuesday. The invite notes that it will be held Friday evening at Ward Nail Park in Lowell, Ark., featuring entertainment from the bluegrass band "Cutty Rye" and a "special guest," Rep. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), who will be there on behalf of Boozman.


A copy of the invitation to the John Boozman Annual Fish Fry obtained by The Washington Post.

Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery on April 22 after complaining of pain in his chest and arm. He has not cast a vote in the U.S. Senate or been in Washington since.

Boozman's official biography says he resides in Rogers, Ark., which is an approximately 15-minute drive to nearby Lowell.

Asked about his condition Tuesday morning, spokeswoman  Sara Lasure said via e-mail that "Senator Boozman is doing great. Doctors have cleared him for limited travel. We expect him to be in DC very soon."

Lasure declined to clarify the definition of "limited travel," saying only in a follow-up e-mail that "We expect him to be in DC very soon."

Paul Kane contributed to this report.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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