House Speaker Bobby Harrell, whose ethics charges were referred to a State Grand Jury earlier this week, was treated and released from a hospital today following a diagnosis of a "respiratory illness."
"For the last two weeks, I have been experiencing flu-like symptoms. Yesterday afternoon, I went to see a doctor and he diagnosed me as having a respiratory illness," Harrell said in a news release. "Because of the persistent nature of these symptoms, they advised me to remain at the hospital overnight so they could monitor my condition. I followed my doctor's advice, and was released from the hospital earlier today. After taking today to rest up, I plan to be at the State House tomorrow to gavel the House into session."
Harrell has been feeling ill since last week, when he spoke to a group of reporters at an event sponsored by the South Carolina Press Association. Tuesday afternoon, he canceled a speech at the South Carolina Business and Industry Political Education Committee because he was experiencing flu-like symptoms.