Republicans suggest Spratt losing his memory

WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Republican Congressional Committee says Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is losing his memory.

The group released a statement Monday that calls the 67-year-old House Budget Committee chairman "Amnesiac John Spratt" and contains six bold-lettered allegations that he's forgetting what's happening in Washington.

Spratt, a Democrat who is in a tough re-election battle, has spoken more slowly in recent months and his posture is more stooped, prompting questions about his health. He announced he was suffering from Parkinson's on March 30 as he filed to run for a 15th term.

Andy Sere, a spokesman for the Republican committee, said the statement was not a swipe at Spratt's health.

Spratt was traveling and could not be immediately reached for comment.

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