News out of South Dakota, where the Argus Leader talks with recovering Senator Tim Johnson's son. To the block quotes!
[Said Brendan Johnson,] "From my conversations with the doctors and based on the progress he has been making, I feel very confident that he is going to be getting back to work sooner rather than later."
It was the first interview given by a Johnson family member since the senator was hospitalized Dec. 13 with stroke-like symptoms followed by brain surgery at George Washington University Medical Center in Washington.
At first, he says that might require someone driving his father to the Capitol and having some physical assistance until he gains his strength.
"But the encouraging thing from what we understand is that his mental functioning and his brain functioning -- so far, all the signs are that there is no reason to believe that he will have anything less than a full recovery," he said.