Mayo Clinic officials say Governor Mark Dayton’s fainting spell during his State of State address Monday night was “situational and related to standing for a long time” and could have been due to possible dehydration. Dayton also revealed today that he has prostate cancer. He called the diagnosis “grim,” but says it’s not that uncommon and one that Mayo has good success with. The governor says, “I’ve lived a long time. I’ll be 70 on Thursday. I feel very blessed to have had as healthy a life as I’ve had, despite some of my recent surgeries. I mean, generally speaking, I’ve been incredibly fortunate as I look at other people’s life experiences.”
Dayton says Minnesotans deserve a governor who’s intellectually and physically qualified to perform the job, and says he believes that he is.