Lynn Woolsey is going under the knife

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, today announced she’ll undergo back surgery at the University of California, San Francisco during the first week of March to treat a disc-related condition in her lumbar spine.

The Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairwoman’s news release says she has increasingly suffered from back pain for much of the past year, and was unable to return to Washington this week as a result. She will have an abbreviated schedule for two to three after the surgery, and is expected to be fully recovered within six weeks. For now, she plans to return to Washington on Monday.

Hmmm. I’d speculate that the straw that had broken this lawmaker’s back was the heavy lifting she did getting out the vote for Hillary Clinton, but Woolsey’s 6th Congressional District went pretty decisively for Barack Obama.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.


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  • Backlash

    Hillary Clinton Campaign Manager Uses Racial Slur?
    April 7th, 2007
    I was reading this AP story “Obama Raises $25 Million to Rival Clinton Camp” and I see this strange quote from Patti Solis Doyle, the campaign manager for Hillary Clinton.

    She was asked to comment on Obama’s total and declined. She then issued a statement regarding the fundraising success saying it “demonstrates the overwhelming desire for chug in our country.”
    I wasn’t familiar with this strange word “chug”. I decided to look it up and I found the word referenced in the Urban Dictionary at http://www.urbandictionary.com

    It’s a word that apparently has several meanings.
    One definition that it cites several times is “bush **** Also notable of the definitions there are the following…

    1. Chug
    Racist slur for Native Americans. Derived from the inference that “all” Native Americans drink “Lysterine”, and “Lysole”

    3. Chug
    Slang word for stupid welfare natives who live in ditches and are born in shopping carts. For leisure they get stuck in rivers and trees. They have troubles finding jobs due to lack of hygiene