Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) said shes taking time off from her duties as a U.S. representative to get treatment for alcoholism.
Kirkpatrick made the announcement Jan. 15 after saying recently she had a “serious” fall.
“I sincerely thank the many people who have reached out in support after my accident last week. The fall was serious, but with physical therapy I will fully recover. I do, however, have another challenge I must face, which was the underlying cause of my fall. Beginning next week, I will receive treatment that I have struggled to ask for, to treat my alcohol dependence,” she said in a statement.
Kirkpatrick, 69, said that she is “finally seeking this help” for the disease.
“I know I must get better” in order to serve as a member of Congress and be a wife, mother, and grandmother, she added.
“With humility, I share this news with you. Throughout my time in public service, I have always said that you may not agree with me but you will know where i stand. I will continue to honor that commitment to transparency and communication,” she said.
While Kirkpatrick is absent from her duties, her congressional offices in Washington and Arizona will be fully operational.
Kirkpatrick did not say how long shell be in treatment. She already missed the vote on Wednesday to submit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate. She indicated in the statement that she wants to keep her position. The next election is in November.
Kirkpatrick has been in the House for four terms, winning a new seat in 2018 after redistricting. She won in Arizonas 2nd Congressional District by about 28,000 votes over Republican Lea Marquez-Peterson.
A slew of candidates are vying for the seat in 2020, including two Democrats and six Republicans. The district went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 4.8 percentage points.
Rep. Tom OHalleran (D-Ariz.), who holds Kirkpatricks old seat, said in a statement that Kirkpatrick “has always been a dedicated public servant.”
“wish her well as she tackles this next fight, and am keeping her in my thoughts today. Asking for help is hard, but AnRead More – Source