Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat from Arizona, introduced Wednesday that she is taking day without work to hunt therapy for “my alcohol dependence.” Kirkpatrick said in a statement that she suffered a “serious” fall final week and can endure bodily remedy.
She stated that whereas she is going to “recover physically,” she wants to deal with one other problem: alcoholism.
“I am finally seeking this help after struggling to do so in the past, and I am ready to admit that I, like countless other Americans, suffer from this disease,” she stated within the assertion.
“Hard work and determination — which have brought me success in life — have not been enough to win this battle. Other than being a wife, mother, and grandmother, the most important job in the world to me is representing my fellow Arizonans. I know I must get better in order to do my best in each of these roles.”
She stated her places of work in Washington and Arizona will stay open throughout her absence.
Kirkpatrick represents components of Tucson and the southeastern suburbs. The GOP is making an attempt to flip the district in 2020, with seven Republicans already having filed to run in opposition to her.
Representative Greg Stanton, a Democrat who represents Maricopa County, within the Phoenix space, tweeted out his support for his colleague.
“Ann Kirkpatrick is one of the finest public servants I know,” Stanton wrote. “She’s been a fighter her whole life, and I’m not surprised to see her make such a brave decision.”