Senate Republicans are apparently too polite to call out Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) on his shameless exploitation of his long-dead sister.
Marian Rosenstadt died in 1983 from as asthma attack. Her unfortunate passing wouldn’t be news today except that her brother, Sen. Lautenberg, continually raises her death as a justification for stringent EPA air quality regulations. He did so again today during the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on EPA’s clean air transport and mercury rules.
Many years ago, Lautenberg’s sister Marian Rosenstadt was diagnosed with asthma. She had a machine in her car, he said, that helped her during attacks.
At a school board meeting in Rye, N.Y., she felt such an attack coming on. She rushed out to her car but did not make it in time, passing out near the parking lot.
But these facts hardly constitute evidence that outdoor air quality played any role in her fatal asthma attack.
Sen. Lautenberg should be ashamed for exploiting his sister’s tragic death for political purposes.