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Lautenberg Diagnosed with Lymphoma

Filed under: Government,Politics — DRJ @ 4:18 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Senator Frank Lautenberg was hospitalized last week for a fall associated with a bleeding ulcer, and today it was announced he also has stomach lymphoma:

“Doctors for the Democrat found B-cell lymphoma that will require treatment over the next few months, spokesman Caley Gray said in a news release.

Lautenberg will undergo six to eight chemotherapy treatments and should make a “full and complete recovery,” said Dr. James Holland of New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical Center.”

Aides expect him to continue working in the Senate but should he decide to resign, New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie will name his replacement … unless the New Jersey Legislature changes the law as Massachusetts did when Mitt Romney was Governor and John Kerry was running for President.


16 Responses to “Lautenberg Diagnosed with Lymphoma”

  1. maybe the governor will veto the law….. won;t that piss off the lieberals…

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. Fox reported that the Senator diverted his ambulance to Mt. Sinai Medical Center, something that the unwashed would be prohibited from doing under the bill he voted for.

    The Senator’s office did not return calls for comment.

    Matador (176445)

  3. The liberal Lautenberg became prominent as a founder of the payroll services company Automatic Data Processing long before he entered politics in 1982 with a successful run for the U.S. Senate.

    I didn’t know that. Our wikipedia friends explain that he was their first “full-time salesman,” which is a little different from founder I guess. It was founded in ’49 and Lautenberg joined in ’54.

    So I guess “founder” would be kind of a lie, really.

    It’s an Associated Press article.

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  4. In the 2nd-Amendment community, Lautenberg’s Hall of Shame entry is the Domestic Violence Act(sic), where he got misdemeanor domestic beefs as a disqualifier for gun-ownership on a par with felonies.

    AD - RtR/OS! (02a1f9)

  5. NJ election laws tend to be written in pencil/crayon. See Torricelli.

    JD (ebd716)

  6. #1: Actually,Romney DID veto the ’04 change in law, but the legislature overrode his veto (Dems made up around 75% of the membership in both houses during his administration). A veto by Christie would probably be sustained because, while Republicans are a minority in New Jersey, I’m pretty sure they hold at least 1/3 of the seats in one of the legislative chambers.

    Sean P (4fde41)

  7. Aides expect him to continue working in the Senate but should he decide to resign, New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie will name his replacement

    He won’t actually do much if any work in the Senate, but since Christie is governor he won’t resign either. He’ll try to hang in there until the Dema can come up with a replacement for him in November, when his term ends.

    Subotai (7f74f1)

  8. Lautenberg’s current term runs through 2014!

    AD - RtR/OS! (02a1f9)

  9. It does, doesn’t it. In that case, Christie gets to appoint a Senator sometime before 2014.

    Subotai (7f74f1)

  10. Best wishes for a full a speedy recovery – all the best

    EricPWJohnson (ce50fb)

  11. From a political point of view, look at the bright side. Maybe he won’t resign, but he probably won’t be doing much work either, ala Ted Kennedy. That means the Dems are now down another vote, and there probably are another handful who would break ranks because some of these deals are just so odious. That being said, here’s hopes for Mr. Lautenberg’s recovery. Maybe his wife will talk some sense into him and he’ll resign. He’s 86. He’s wealthy. He’s sick….forget the politics and enjoy your grandchildren.

    sam (5ef311)

  12. While I don’t wish illness on anyone (well, I know I shouldn’t at least), isn’t it curious that all these senior Democratic congressmen are having health issues, yet not one of them was willing to sign up for the health care plan they were going to force on the rest of us?

    I mean, if it was so great and all, and they clearly have all these pre-existing conditions (they’re getting to that age where any condition is pre-existing!)…but they still didn’t want to participate themselves?

    Things that make you go hmmmmmm while they prep the scorched-earth reconciliation attempt.

    rtrski (192cf0)

  13. I wish him a quick and full recovery even though I hate the way he got his current seat in the senate by letting the Democrats change the rules after the game has started.

    MU789 (fe58f9)

  14. Dem members of the NJ legislature proposed such a change in law during the lame-duck session prior to Gov Christie taking office: it failed of passage.

    Robert (9b1fdd)

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