Wounded Congressman Sends Father's Day Message

Posted June 20, 2017

The message from congressman Steve Scalise of Louisiana on Sunday says: "Steve's greatest joy is being a father to Madison and Harrison, and a husband to Jennifer".

Scalise continues to show signs of improvement after he was wounded in a shooting at a Republican baseball practice outside Washington.

Scalise's trauma surgeon said Friday he can hope to make an "excellent recovery", even though the lawmaker arrived at the hospital Wednesday at imminent risk of death.

Hodgkinson died at the hospital Wednesday after a shootout with Scalise's security detail and the Alexandria Police Department. That social media and letters to the editor showed Hodgkinson to be an ardent liberal who hated congressional Republicans gave the attacks an very bad partisan overtone and inevitably led Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh and others to blame it on the left's harsh criticism of President Trump.

The bullet struck Scalise in the hip, and traveled across his body, shattering bones and passing through internal organs, causing major internal bleeding.

The hospital upgraded the third-ranking Republican leader from critical condition. He added that Scalise would be in the hospital "for some time" and would need "a period of healing and rehabilitation" after being discharged.

Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

Two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House Republican aide Zack Barth, were also injured in the shooting.

Mika also remained hospitalized Saturday after undergoing an additional surgery.