In an unexpected turn of events, former Congressman Harley Rouda has announced the end of his re-election campaign for the U.S. House, citing a recent medical diagnosis. Rouda suffered a moderate traumatic brain injury as a result of an unfortunate fall, leading him to heed his doctors’ advice and withdraw from the race.
The injury Rouda sustained, known as an intraparenchymal hemorrhage, involves bleeding into the brain’s functional tissue. According to the National Institutes of Health, this type of injury can be life-threatening, particularly when caused by trauma such as a fall.
Rouda had been vying to replace Rep. Katie Porter, who had chosen to forgo re-election to the House in favor of running for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dianne Feinstein. Previously, Rouda served one term in the House after defeating GOP Congressman Dana Rohrabacher in 2018 but subsequently lost his 2020 re-election to Republican Michelle Steel.
In his announcement, Rouda expressed his gratitude for the doctor’s prognosis of a full recovery, but he emphasized the need to prioritize his family and focus on his recuperation in the coming months.
Max Ukropina, a rival candidate for the House seat, extended his best wishes to Rouda following the news of his withdrawal.
While Rouda’s decision to end his campaign is a personal one, it serves as a reminder that politicians are not immune to the challenges and setbacks that life presents. In times like these, it’s important to recognize the humanity of our elected officials, regardless of their political affiliations. We wish Harley Rouda a speedy recovery and hope that his withdrawal from the race will provide him the time and space he needs to heal and refocus on what truly matters.