U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, New Jersey’s 86-year-old senior senator, was diagnosed with treatable cancer in the stomach in the last 24 hours and will begin chemotherapy today.Back to normal for most 86-year-olds would be retirement. But I surmise he doesn't want Republican Governor Chris Christie appointing his successor, nor do any other DC Democrats.
The Democrat still plans to finish out his current term – his fifth in the Senate – and seek re-election in 2014.
“This doesn’t change any of that,” Lautenberg’s chief aide, Dan Katz, said of the senator’s political plans. “After he receives his treatment, back to normal.”
Seeking re-election at 90, nearly five years from now? I don't see it.