I have heard a number reports of this story already today. Apparently Rep. Tubbs Jones was in her car when she suffered from an aneurysm. CNN was actually reporting she had died. Then, CNN cut to a news conference at the hospital where she is being cared for, where they then announced she was still in critical condition.
UPDATE: Rep. Stephanie Tubb Jones has died (6:12 PM in Ohio).
Democratic U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first black woman to represent Ohio in Congress, was hospitalized Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm, her spokeswoman said.
There was confusion as to Tubbs Jones’ condition Wednesday afternoon, with her hometown newspaper reporting that she had passed away followed by hospital officials saying she was still alive but in critical condition.
Doctors determined that Tubbs Jones has “very limited brain function,” a hospital representative said during a news conference televised on CNN around 2:30 p.m. “She remains in critical condition at present.”
Around 1 p.m. Wednesday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an anonymously sourced report that Tubbs Jones had died after being removed from life support.
That post apparently became the basis for subsequent reports of her death. It was unclear whether Tubbs Jones was still connected to life support.
Tubbs Jones, 58, had the aneurysm while driving her car in Cleveland Heights on Tuesday, spokeswoman Nicole Williams said. The congresswoman’s condition had been stabilized at a hospital in East Cleveland, Williams said at the time.
According to a statement from police, the lawmaker had been driving erratically and her vehicle crossed from the northbound lanes across the southbound lanes.
An officer pulled a cruiser across the roadway to warn oncoming traffic. The officer reached her vehicle and found Tubbs Jones in medical distress, the statement said.
Tubbs Jones, first elected in 1998, was one of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s biggest boosters during the primaries and was to be a superdelegate at next week’s Democratic National Convention in Denver.
She represented the heavily Democratic 11th District.
From Wikipedia, her career as a US Representative:
In 1998, Jones won the Democratic nomination for the 11th District after 30-year incumbent Louis Stokes announced his retirement. This all but assured her of election in the heavily Democratic, black-majority 11th. She has been reelected four times with no substantive opposition.
Jones was a co-chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Some argue her actions angered the White House and her district suffered with the loss of federal jobs. Despite representing a heavily unionized district, she was a strong proponent of free trade. Tubbs Jones most recently took a lead role in the fight to pass the Peru Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in November of 2007, though her efforts have not been successful as of yet.
In 2004, she served as the chairwoman of the platform committee at the Democratic National Convention and as a member of the Ohio delegation. She strongly supported Sen. John Kerry in his campaign to become President of the United States. On January 6, 2005, she joined U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) in objecting to the certification of the 2004 U.S. presidential election results for Ohio.
Being the sponsor she was one of the 31 who voted in the House to not count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 election.
In 2005, she came under fire after being named the congressperson with the fourth-highest (59) total trips sponsored by lobbyists. She was selected by Speaker Nancy Pelosi as chairperson of the House Ethics Committee to watch over the standards of ethical conduct for members of the House. Tubbs Jones was popular in her district, and was routinely reelected against nominal Republican opposition. She received 83.44% of the vote in the recent 2006 elections, against Republican Lindsey String. Tubbs Jones recently faced no opposition in the 2008 Ohio Democratic primary.
Tubbs Jones appeared on The Colbert Report‘s “Better Know a District” in an episode airing November 3, 2005.
Wikipedia already had the news of her aneurysm on her Wiki page (including the erroneous news of her death).. Wow they are fast.
I wish Rep. Tubbs Jones and her family well..