ALBANY — Hudson Valley Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney could lose out on a key Democratic leadership post after being hospitalized this week with “an urgent but temporary medical condition.”
Maloney, according to his office, has been dealing since late September with a “persistent bacterial infection that spread to a number of his internal organs.”
When his condition worsened on Sunday, Maloney, 52, was admitted to the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital in Westchester County.
He went home that night and he followed his doctors’ instructions the next day by checking himself into New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, where he is receiving intravenous antibiotics.
“I’ve always been blessed with good health, but this condition is going to require a few days of intensive treatment,” Maloney said in a statement.
His hospitalization comes as he was seeking to become the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
While his office says Maloney is expected to make a full recovery and return home before the end of the week, he will not be able to travel to Washington on Wednesday for the Democratic Caucus leadership elections.
The congressman, who unsuccessfully ran in the September Democratic primary for state attorney general before winning reelection to Congress earlier this month, said he has asked for a delay in the leadership vote.
If that does not happen, Maloney will withdraw from the race, his office said.
“Despite our most careful planning, the road of life is unpredictable,” Maloney said. “I’m reminded of the adage, ‘Man plans and God laughs.’ I had intended to stand for election to a leadership position this week, but life had other plans for me.”
Maloney’s hospitalization comes days after state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Queens) died suddenly from what is believed to be an infection. He was 47.
Maloney, who is openly gay, is married with three children. A former adviser in the Bill Clinton White House and for Govs. Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, Maloney was first elected to Congress in 2012.