Senator Johnny Isakson, a Georgia Republican, has revealed he has Parkinson’s disease, but still plans to run for re-election in 2016. Isakson received the diagnosis in 2013, but chose to keep the news private. He said he only recently made the decision to tell family members, and then his constituents.
Isakson, 70, said he is in the early stages of the disease. He said the symptoms he experiences are stiffness in his arm, and a slower, shuffling walk.
“My diagnosis has not impacted my ability to represent the state of Georgia in the U.S. Senate,” Isakson said in a statement.
Currently Isakson has no challengers for the Senate seat.
“There has been some rumbling that Isakson could see a primary challenger in the state, but no viable candidates have emerged.
Isakson would have a big money advantage over any potential challengers. He raised more than $1.6 million in the first quarter and ended March with almost $3.8 million on hand,” The Hill reports.
Isakson has served as one of Georgia’s Senators since 2005.
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