GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson has emergency stomach surgery in Maple Grove

Jeff Johnson, the GOP-endorsed candidate for governor, was hospitalized today for a stomach ailment, and doctors performing surgery found a stomach perforation.

Johnson, a Hennepin County Commissioner running in the Aug. 12 Republican primary, is recovering at a Maple Grove hospital, his campaign said.

Johnson had been at a fundraiser in Detroit Lakes Sunday, according to his Facebook page.

His campaign said he went to urgent care early this morning with abdominal pain, and was directed to the hospital. There, surgeons found a “a small perforation in Jeff’s stomach,” the campaign said. “The perforation was repaired and Jeff is now out of surgery. Jeff is currently resting at the hospital with his family.”

Scot Crockett, a campaign spokesman, said Johnson should be out for a few days. “He has already called into the office,” Crockett said. 

Within minutes of the campaign’s announcement about the surgery, one of his challengers in the primary, Scott Honour, tweeted a get well message:

“ScottHonourMN:” Thoughts & prayers for Jeff4Gov and his family as he recovers from surgery. Look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail soon!

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