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Fetterman asked for a health report from his doctor, also a donor to the campaign

Pennsylvania Senate nominee John Fetterman received a wave of criticism Wednesday after releasing a letter from his family doctor, who public records also say donated to Fetterman’s campaign.

Fetterman’s team released a letter Wednesday from Dr. Clifford Chen, a family doctor after Chen met with Fetterman on Friday. According to the letter, Chen said Fetterman is recovering well after suffering a life-changing stroke in May and said the Democratic nominee can “work fully in public office.”

According to public records from the Federal Election Commission (FEC), Chen has donated $1,330 to Fetterman’s campaign, most recently $100 to “Fetterman for PA” on Sept. 23.

Fetterman in Wallingford, Pennsylvania rally
Democratic Senate candidate John Fetterman hosts a rally at Nether Providence Elementary School on October 15, 2022 in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. Fetterman published a positive health report in a letter from his family doctor, a donor to Fetterman’s campaign.
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News of Chen’s contributions to Fetterman’s campaign sparked backlash on Twitter and reopened the conversation about Fetterman’s ability to serve as a senator.

Matthew FoldiA reporter for The Washington Free Beacon and a former Maryland congressional candidate, tweeted Wednesday that Chen’s letter was “an allegedly clean bill of health” in response to a report on the website.

“Hahahaha, the doctor who gives John Fetterman a supposedly clean bill of health is a JOHN FETTERMAN DONOR,” Foldi wrote.

Conservative political activist Louis Marinelli ridiculed Fetterman’s campaign for “taking so long to come out with a new statement about the candidate’s health.”

“Their campaign had to go through their donor list and filter them by employer to find the doctors and then cold call them one at a time until someone would sign off on a contract [bulls**t] statement like that,” Marinelli said.

Radio host and political commentator Mark Davis wrote on Twitter that it was “not a big deal” that Chen was a donor to Fetterman’s campaign, saying he “would hope my doctor would contribute to me if I ran for something.”

“The problem is that the letter is a joke,” Davis continued. “He still has a speech processing problem with no idea when it will be fixed.”

According to the Free Beacon report, Joe Calvello, a spokesman for Fetterman’s campaign, said Chen’s letter was not “about politics.”

“It is an independent, detailed medical report written by John’s GP based on his recent office visit over the past week,” Calvello said.

Chen acknowledged in his letter that Fetterman still exhibited symptoms of auditory processing disorder, but said his “speech was normal” and that Fetterman “spoke intelligently with no cognitive deficits.”

Fetterman is scheduled to meet with Republican opponent Dr. Debating Mehmet Oz. According to FiveThirtyEight, Fetterman leads 50.3 percent to 47.4 percent in voting predictions for next month’s crucial Senate battle.

news week asked Fetterman’s campaign for comment. Fetterman asked for a health report from his doctor, also a donor to the campaign

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