Florida lawmaker evacuated by doctors

Rep.-elect John Rutherford, R-Fla., talks with the media outside of the Capitol Hill Hotel on November 14, 2016.
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Rep.-elect John Rutherford, R-Fla., talks with the media outside of the Capitol Hill Hotel on November 14, 2016.

An aide to a Florida congressman who was wheeled out of the Capitol on a stretcher Wednesday says he "did not suffer a heart attack, but he continues to be evaluated by doctors.

Kelly Simpson, Rep. John Rutherford's chief of staff, says he is "is conscious, alert, and in good spirits."

The 64-year-old Republican worked in law enforcement for 41 years and served as sheriff in Jacksonville, Florida, before being elected to Congress last November. He represents Florida's 4th Congressional District.

Simpson says further updates on Rutherford's condition "will be provided once doctors have finished their evaluation."

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