Pro-union Dem Governors on the mend

No slowdown for the labor-state, union-only agenda

The governors of New York and Oregon are doing fine after surgeries Saturday to remove a cataract and a gall bladder, respectively. New York Gov. David Paterson's recovery is going smoothly after his successful surgery, spokeswoman Erin Duggan said. The 54-year-old governor is "doing absolutely fine" and planned to resume his normal schedule Sunday, she said. Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, 68, planned to leave Salem Memorial Hospital on Sunday after having his gall bladder removed, said spokeswoman Anna Richter Taylor.

Paterson was sedated during the procedure at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City but went to the recovery room alert. He was home by early afternoon.

Paterson is legally blind. The cataract was discovered during an emergency procedure last month to relieve pain from acute glaucoma.

Kulongoski is expected to be out of the office for most of next week but make a full recovery. Kulongoski had to cancel plans to attend a Western Governors Association meeting in Wyoming because of the surgery.


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