Spokesman: Inouye Healthy, Fall Unrelated to Grueling Schedule

Michael Levine/Civil Beat

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel K. Inouye took a spill at his Maryland home Thursday morning, cutting his head and heading to the hospital as a precaution.

Inouye also missed a vote the night before, raising a larger question about the 88-year-old senator's health and ability to keep up a hectic pace.

A haggard campaign schedule through October had Inouye "tired," but spokesman Peter Boylan says the senior statesman is in good health and that Thursday's incident was something that could have happened to anyone.

Boylan said Inouye missed Wednesday evening's cloture vote on the cybersecurity bill due to a classified meeting off of Capitol Hill, and that the missed vote was unrelated to Thursday's fall.

"He's fine. He's healthy. Given his position, he sees a doctor on a very regular basis. He gets check-ups. He has no health problems to speak of," Boylan said in an interview at Inouye's office in the Hart building here. "Obviously, he gets tired. He keeps the schedule of a 22-year-old. Flying back and forth between here and Hawaii, and he has international responsibilities."

In the six weeks since Inouye left Washington in early October, he traveled to the U.S.-Japan conference in Seattle, attended fundraising events for Diane Feinstein in San Francisco, went to Japan for a week of meetings with the defense minister, prime minister and emperor, went back to San Francisco for another campaign event, then headed to Sedona and Phoenix, Arizona, to campaign for Richard Carmona. He spent the weeks leading up to the election in Hawaii, but still didn't take a break.

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