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Brief: Governor Takes a Spill on Capitol Hill

March 3, 2005 – Gov. Charles W. Turnbull fell Thursday as he was leaving the Rayburn House Office Building, causing an injury to his mouth. Turnbull was in Washington, D.C. attending a National Governors' Association and to give testimony before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. (See "Christensen, Turnbull Debate CFO Bill in U.S. Senate Hearing").
A release from Government House Thursday night said Turnbull had "just concluded meetings with House Resources Committee Chair Richard Pombo and Ranking Member Nick Rahall, when he stumbled on a connection near the entrance of the Longworth Office Building."
After being treated immediately by emergency medical technicians, Turnbull was taken by ambulance to George Washington University Hospital where he received seven stitches to the inside of his mouth.
The release said Turnbull was "in good spirits" and that he returned to the offices of his Washington lobbyists Winston and Strawn and spent the evening working on pending Congressional matters.
When he fell he was in the company of his confidential assistant Horace T. Brooks, Ira Mills, director of the Office of Management and Budget; Nathan Simmonds, Turnbull's chief economic advisor; Cpl. John A. Meyers Sr, security supervisor; Clarence Wells, who was identified as the governor's Washington representative; and Peter Hiebert and Kevin Callwood of Winston and Strawn.
Turnbull is expected to return to the territory "later this week," the release said.

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