Senator slips, cracks ribs, punctures lung

State Senator Jack Hatch (D-Des Moines) fell on the ice outside the statehouse outside his home or a church Tuesday.  Here’s an email dispatch to Hatch’s senate colleagues from Eric Bakker, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal’s senior administrative assistant:


Senator Hatch fell and slipped on the ice yesterday, cracking a few ribs and has a small puncture in his lung. He was taken from the Capitol to the hospital last evening but is doing fine and expects to be here today. So tell those spreading rumors about his demise that they are premature.

When checking in on him last eve, he said via text “isn’t ironic that on the day we expand health care to Iowans, I’m laying in the ER that is not available to everyone- something needs to change”.


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