Glover’s illness still undiagnosed

Staff of Contra Costa County Supervisor Federal Glover say their boss’ health is improving but he remains in the hospital while doctors continue to try to diagnose his illness.

Glover was admitted to the county hospital in Martinez on Sept. 23 with flu-like symptoms. He was transferred on Oct. 4 to the intensive care unit of the University of California-San Francisco Medical Center after his heartbeat increased. Glover remains in intensive care under medical observation.

The supervisor is awake and alert today, according to staffer Ed Diokno who sent out a press release a few minutes ago saying that Glover asked his chief of staff David Fraser for a debriefing about office and county matters.

During the supervisor’s stay in the hospital, Glover’s four-person staff have been attending meetings on his behalf in addition to their normal duties. In those meetings that require policy-making decisions, the county supervisors who are designated as his alternates, have been representing Contra Costa County.

Further medical tests for Glover are likely as his illness remains undiagnosed, Diokno wrote.

It’s unclear whether Glover’s health problems will impact his re-election campaign. He has said he will seek a third term in 2008 and he has one declared opponent, Erik Nunn, and several others who have said they may run.

Glover’s official campaign kick-off dinner is set for Nov. 3, a pasta dinner at the Pittsburg Senior Center.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen