Former Gov. Ben Cayetano remained hospitalized today, recovering from what his wife said is “strongly suspected” to be a bleeding ulcer.
A campaign official said an update was expected later today.
Cayetano continues working from his hospital room, replying to emails and keeping up-to-date on his work schedule with a laptop, according to an email from his online campaign team.
According to an email message from Peter Kay, Cayetano’s online campaign manager, Cayetano was up past midnight working on a statement in support of an online campaign that asks political candidates to pledge support to open government.
“At 12:34 a.m. today, Tuesday, Gov. Cayetano, working on his laptop from his hospital bed has released this statement on his support of the honolulu.govfresh.com pledge,” Kay wrote in a message time-stamped at 1:24 a.m.
Cayetano had been replying to messages from his hospital bed by early Monday evening, only a few hours after undergoing a procedure to determine the severity of the bleeding ulcer.
His wife, Vicky, said at a news conference that her husband went to the emergency room at Queen’s Medical Center on Sunday and was admitted after experiencing symptoms of a bleeding ulcer. Preliminary tests indicated he was experiencing a bleeding ulcer and further tests were being done to confirm and treat the condition, she said.
Cayetano is the front-runner in the campaign for Honolulu mayor, running against incumbent Mayor Peter Carlisle and former city Managing Director Kirk Caldwell. The Hawaii Poll, conducted recently for the Star-Advertiser and Hawaii News Now, showed Cayetano with a lead over both rivals.