Disgraced Demo Fundraiser May Be Heading To Jail

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Disgraced Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was upgraded to good condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction Sunday, three days after he had to be taken from an Amtrak train in the Western Colorado city with an unknown ailment.

Hsu had been scheduled to appear in a San Francisco court last Wednesday on a 1991 felony theft conviction but disappeared until Thursday, when Amtrak officials called the Grand Junction fire department to report a passenger had become ill on the California Zephyr.

He had previously been in fair condition.

Hsu remained under guard at St. Mary's Hospital Sunday.

Hospital spokeswoman Kim Williams said she could not discuss the nature of his ailment and did not know when he might be released.

Hsu was expected to be turned over to local authorities when he is well enough to leave the hospital.

Mesa County sheriff's spokeswoman Heather Benjamin did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Jason Booth, a spokesman for Hsu, was in Grand Junction but has said he was not allowed to see Hsu. Booth did not immediately return a call Sunday.

The New York City-based Hsu has been a top fundraiser for Democratic candidates, including U.S. Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, donating $260,000 to Democratic Party groups and federal candidates since 2004, according to Federal Election Commission records.

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