Republican political consultant Rod Shealy was at Medical University Hospital on Monday after an operation to have a cancerous brain tumor removed.

"Dad's surgery was successful, and the tumor has been successfully removed," a message on the Shealy family Web site said at about 6 p.m. The surgery had been set to begin about 4 p.m.

Shealy, 54, of Irmo, was recovering Monday night and was in fair condition, the hospital said.

He was recently diagnosed with a tumor in the left temporal lobe directly above his left ear, the Web site said. The tumor affected a portion of his brain that influences the ability to read, write and communicate.

The political operative who has worked on the campaigns of several high-profile Republicans put in a tough day of work on Friday. He has said he expects a full recovery but might be out of action for a few weeks.

Shealy has handled campaigns for South Carolina Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and former state Treasurer Thomas Ravenel. He has consulted for U.S. Rep. Henry Brown of Hanahan and has said he plans to continue working with Brown on a November challenge from Democrat Linda Ketner.

"My thoughts and prayers are with Rod and his family as he rebounds following today's surgery," Brown said. "I remain hopeful that he will enjoy a full recovery."