The family of the man who was once arguably the most powerful elected Democrat in Congress, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, just shared some terrible news with the rest of the country.
Reid’s family revealed that the retired Nevada senator recently underwent a successful surgery to deal with pancreatic cancer.
According to The Nevada Independent, that surgery occurred Monday at Johns Hopkins Cancer Center and was confirmed by a local journalist and a source close to the former senator.
“His doctors caught the problem early during a routine screening and his surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good,” revealed Adam Jentleson, Reid’s former deputy chief of staff, from a statement prepared by Reid’s family.
“He is now out of surgery, in good spirits and resting with his family,” he continued.
“He is grateful to his highly skilled team of doctors and to all who have sent and continue to send their love and support,” Jentleson added.
The next step in Reid’s battle against the cancer attacking his pancreas is chemotherapy.
Reid served in the Senate for 30 years and stepped down as the leader of Senate Democrats shortly after the 2016 election, handing the reins of the party over to current Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer from New York.
The former top Democrat was succeeded in his Nevada senate seat by Democrat Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who looked up to Reid as a political mentor.
“Senator Reid is no stranger to a fight. He beat his opponents in the boxing ring, took on the mob in Nevada, and moved bills in the Senate that no one believed could be done. He’ll beat cancer too. I wish him a speedy and successful recovery,” said Masto in a statement.
Reid was long considered an arch-nemesis of conservative Republicans across the country and his exit from the Senate in January 2017 was cheered by all on the right.
That said, and heated political differences aside, nobody wants to see even their worst enemy stricken with cancer. We share in the well-wishes for his speedy recovery and offer prayers of support for him and his family.