Maine Senate president’s wife hospitalized

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AUGUSTA — The wife of Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, was hospitalized with heart problems Sunday morning, according to his communications director.

Karen Raye is being treated at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor. In a written statement released Tuesday, the Senate president said his wife was “doing well and resting comfortably.”

“We are grateful for the excellent care provided by both Calais Regional Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center, and for the many prayers, well wishes, emails, calls and notes of encouragement we have received since she was hospitalized Sunday morning,” Raye said. “We are in hopes she will be able to be discharged and return home within the next few days.”

The Senate president originally notified people about his wife’s condition on Facebook. He was visiting her in Bangor on Tuesday while she underwent testing.

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Raye’s communications director Scott Fish said Sen. Jon Courtney, R-Springvale, will assume Raye’s legislative duties during his absence.

The Senate worked a light agenda Tuesday. It did not take up the Department of Health and Human Services budget.

The budget stalled in the Senate last Thursday when a majority of Democrats voted against it.

smistler@sunjournal.com

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