The member of Congress tapped to replace Rep. Elijah Cummings as chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform recently “suffered a medical episode.”
New York Rep. Carolyn Maloney was in Manhattan when she “suffered a fainting spell” during the public appearance just 10 days ago.
The New York Daily News reported:
Maloney, 73, appeared to be on the verge of blacking out after delivering remarks at a press conference in Chinatown. The Manhattan congresswoman told a staffer that she felt pain and couldn’t see.
Her staff escorted her to a bench where she sat, slumped over, for about 15 minutes as a staffer for Comptroller Scott Stringer called 911.
“She was ill. She got up and I guess she felt faint,” witness Nikita Price, 62, said. “Somebody put cold soda on the back of her neck.”
Maloney was escorted out of view of the press and taken to Lower Manhattan Hospital. She said in a statement Monday afternoon that she was already sick when she went to work.
The Daily News published this photo of Maloney slumped over on the bench, and another with medical personnel attending to her.
A supporter could be seen holding a cold bottle of soda on the back of her neck.
The House Oversight Committee website lists Maloney as the top Democrat, behind the chairman.
PBS Newshour correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports Maloney will take over the committee for now.
NEWS: Following the death of Chairman Cummings, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, NY, will now be acting Oversight Chair, per Dem leadership aide.
She is the number two on the committee.
Note: There will be a caucus process to elect a permanent chair at a later time.
— Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDNews) October 17, 2019
Cummings died Thursday at the age of 68, according to the AP.