Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s office just announced that he’ll undergo surgery on Monday to address several degenerating disks on his upper spinal cord, a condition that last week forced his withdrawal from the Republican race for governor.
The surgery, which will occur at Emory University Hospital, comes at least a week earlier than Cagle had estimated.
In an interview last week, the lieutenant governor indicated that a bone graft was in the offing. Cagle’s withdrawal has sent tremors through Republican ranks, with various GOP figures examining the gap left by his departure from the 2010 race for governor. U.S. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland this morning became the latest Republican to announce his disinterest in the contest.
If you’ve been in a cave, here’s a post to bring you up to speed on the medical details.
The Cagle press release was simple and brief:
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle will undergo surgery to correct a degenerative spinal and neck condition on Monday, April 27th. Cagle announced last week that he will run for re-election and stepped aside in the race for Governor in order to properly address his health.
“It has been humbling to hear from thousands of caring Georgians during this process. My family and I greatly appreciate the thoughts and prayers of so many and especially as I undergo surgery on Monday,” said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle.
A medical update will be provided by Emory upon the conclusion of the surgery. The Lt. Governor and his family appreciate the media’s respect of their privacy as they prepare for Monday’s surgery.
Cagle intends to run for re-election as lieutenant governor. But two other Republicans, David Shafer and Eric Johnson, are already in that contest. Neither has said whether he will withdraw.
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