Johnson campaigning for governor again after surgery

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Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson was back campaigning for governor today, eight days after emergency surgery to repair a perforation in his stomach.

Johnson, the Republican-endorsed candidate for governor, was hospitalized last week for six days. He was unable to make any public appearances while he recovered.

“I feel great, considering,” Johnson said. “It’s good to be back out and doing normal things again. I can’t run a marathon right now, but I can do pretty much anything I need to do.”

Johnson said doctors told him the hole in his stomach was likely caused by a combination of steroids and Ibuprofen that he was taking for a pinched nerve. He said he feels better every day and expects to be back to normal by next week. His schedule for the day included media interviews and county meetings.

Johnson is in a four-way GOP primary contest for governor on Aug. 12 with businessman Scott Honour, former state Rep. Marty Seifert and former House Speaker Kurt Zellers.

The four candidates are scheduled to appear together Wednesday at noon for a pre-primary debate on Minnesota Public Radio.