House Speaker Beth Harwell Breaks an Ankle

Republican House Speaker Beth Harwell broke her ankle earlier today but nonetheless plans to preside over this evening’s House floor session, reports the Chattanooga TFP.
Kara Owen, spokeswoman for the speaker, said Harwell injured her ankle while walking her dog in the Nashville neighborhood where the speaker lives.
The speaker was attempting to move her dog out of the roadway when she twisted her ankle, Owen said.
Thinking she had simply sprained her ankle, Harwell went to her office in the Legislative Plaza, where she later saw a nurse who advised she go see a doctor. The speaker did and turned out her ankle was broken, Owen said.
The spokeswoman said she did not have further information about the break except that it is “very, very painful.”
In preparation for this afternoon’s session, expected to last hours, aides are providing a high chair for the speaker, who also has an air cast.
“She’s strong,” another aide observed.

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