WASHINGTON – Former Governor Mitt Romney said this afternoon that he was “deeply saddened” about the news that one of his predecessors, Paul Cellucci, has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
"Paul Cellucci is a friend and I was deeply saddened to learn of his illness,” Romney said in a statement. “Ann and I send our prayers to Paul and his entire family. My wish is that he enjoys many more good years, more grandchildren and more happiness with those who love him."
Cellucci, the former Massachusetts governor and U.S. ambassador to Canada, announced the diagnosis today.
"I've had symptoms for four years," Cellucci said in a statement to The Associated Press. Despite some weakness, he said, "I am feeling quite well."
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