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Frank Lautenberg recovering from ulcer, fall

By Ben Pershing
New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) is recuperating after undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to treat a bleeding ulcer, according to his office.

"Early this morning doctors diagnosed Senator Lautenberg with a bleeding ulcer, and he underwent a successful endoscopy procedure to treat it," Lautenberg spokesman Caley Gray said in a statement. "After becoming lightheaded and taking a fall as a result of the condition, the Senator sought medical attention last night. The Senator is expected to make a full recovery and will be back to work soon."

Lautenberg, who turned 86 three weeks ago, is the second-oldest senator currently serving. The eldest is Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). Lautenberg was reelected in 2008, and has said he is in good health and has every intention of serving out his full term.

Lautenberg's office did not specify when he would be able to return to his duties in the Senate, but Democrats certainly hope he will be ready to work next week. On Monday, the chamber is scheduled to hold a cloture vote on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) $15 billion jobs package. With many Republicans angered by the process that created the measure, Democrats will likely need all the help they can get to muster the 60 votes necessary to proceed.

According to press reports, Lautenberg's fall occurred at his home in Cliffside Park, N.J. The Newark Star-Ledger notes that Lautenberg was one of several lawmakers who joined Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on a short trip to Haiti Friday.

By Ben Pershing  |  February 16, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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Comments

mascmen7 writes:
In case u forgot, Lautenberg was an emergency replacement for a Dem who was judged not fit for public office.
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Not quite. What happened is then-Senator Torricelli (D) was RAPIDLY declining in the polls. He was unpopular and getting caught in all kinds of scandals, and quite likely would have lost the general election to Doug Forrester (R). So instead of getting kicked in the pants, he dropped out of the race. The NJ State Supreme Court then allowed the Democrats to put Lautenberg's name on the ballot in his stead, despite being within the time limits prescribed by law, utilizing... get this... a ruling by the NJSC from nearly a century before that allowed a party to put a name on the ballot to replace a person who died a month or so before the election.

Lautenberg's name should never have been on the ballot in 2002 because Robert Torricelli did not die shortly before election day... he withdrew from the race.

Posted by: kiltedknight | February 16, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

What is going on inside the Democrat Party right now would give anyone ulcers.

Posted by: badgerburg | February 16, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

In case u forgot, Lautenberg was an emergency replacement for a Dem who was judged not fit for public office. Dems are so desperate they had to send in an 86 year old as their backup candidate as most Dem leaders in NJ are indicted, in jail or on probation. The NJ Jailhouse Gang should become the new name for NJ Democrat party.

Posted by: mascmen7 | February 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

But what caused the bleeding ulcer?

SEN. LAUTENBERG FALLS, IS HOSPITALIZED, SAME DAY AS BAYH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT. JUST A COINCIDENCE?

Did someone on the dark side order a microwave hit on 86-year-old Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) to cause his fall and hospitalization -- perhaps precipitating a shift in the Senate balance of power even before Bayh retires? Or could such a Machiavellian evil just never happen in the USA?

Look at the venal comments on northjersey.com...

http://www.northjersey.com/news/national/021510_Lautenberg_taken_by_ambulance_from_apartment.html

...then read this before you answer:

SECRET HOMELAND PROGRAM SILENTLY IRRADIATES THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS WITH HARMFUL MICROWAVES FROM CELL TOWER WEAPON SYSTEM: VETERAN JOURNALIST

• Regional Homeland Security- administered fusion centers use a nationwide, precision-targeted microwave/laser electromagnetic microwave/laser weapon system to silently torture, impair, neurologically and physically subjugate citizens deemed to be dissidents or undesirables -- an American genocide hiding in plain sight.

• Financial sabotage, police-protected community "watch" vigilante harassment, warrantless GPS stalking of thousands of extrajudicially "targeted" citizens and entire families.

• Victims' own cell phones may be used to target them for silent impairment.

• How a young FBI agent's "I believe you" gave victim the faith to go public.

JOURNALIST EXPOSING SILENT GOV'T MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE HELD HOSTAGE TO A NATIONWIDE, POLICE-PROTECTED 'COMMUNITY WATCH' GESTAPO

• As the silent assaults continue, law enforcement enabled community watch goons vandalize, stalk and harass -- and pleas to authorities fall on deaf ears.

• Bucks County, PA- based MAGLOCLEN fusion center: "Mid-Atlantic States Ground Zero of a Multi-Agency Federal-Local Extrajudicial Gestapo"

• When will Obama administration stop covering up -- and act to restore the rule of law?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR

www.poynter.org/subject.asp?id=2 OR NowPublic.com/scrivener ("stories" list)

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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