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Oller recovering from operation

Patrick McCartney

Assemblyman Thomas “Rico” Oller is recovering from successful heart bypass surgery, and the operation should not interfere with his re-election campaign, his office announced Monday.

A first-term Republican from San Andreas, Oller, 39, underwent the surgery last Friday, the first day of the Legislature’s spring recess.

Oller had successful angioplasty last summer to clear arteries around the heart. But adopting daily exercise and a vegetarian diet afterward were not enough for the freshman lawmaker to avoid further problems. In a previous interview, Oller joked that he may be the only conservative Republican also to be a vegetarian, and blamed his former health problems on a lifelong diet of red meat.

His doctor, Stephen Indsley, said he anticipates Oller will recover fully and quickly. Oller will be released from the hospital soon and recover at his San Andreas home, his office said.

“Rico is the ideal patient for a successful bypass,” Indsley said. “He is young, in great shape and takes care of his health. The procedure went well and we anticipate a quick and full recovery for him. Rico is already restless and inquiring about being released.”

Jim Kjol, an Oller aide, said the bypass surgery should have little effect on Oller’s re-election campaign. He faces a challenge in the Republican primary from El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting.

“He’ll miss a few events over the next few weeks, but that’s about it,” Kjol said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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