Republicans suggest Spratt losing memory

John M. Spratt

WASHINGTON -- The National Republican Congressional Committee issued a statement Monday saying Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina, who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is losing his memory.

The statement calls the 67-year-old House Budget Committee chairman "Amnesiac John Spratt" and contained six bold-lettered allegations that he's forgetting what's happening in Washington.

"After 28 years in Washington, John Spratt's memory is failing him," it began. He "can't even recall what Obamacare does ... Now -- worst of all -- it seems he's completely forgotten who he works for."

"Obamacare" is the term used by critics of President Barack Obama's health care law, which Spratt, a Democrat, supported.

Spratt, who is in a tough re-election battle this year, has spoken more slowly in recent months and his posture is more stooped, prompting questions about his health. He says the disease is in its early stages and doesn't affect his ability to work.