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Vice President Joseph Biden greets Bonnie Lautenberg after eulogizing Frank Lautenberg in June 2013. Photo courtesy of C-Span.

Lautenberg widow hosts Biden fundraiser

Late senator resented Booker bid to push him out of seat

By David Wildstein, August 24 2019 11:51 pm

The wife of the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg held a fundraiser at her Hamptons home today for Joe Biden, continuing a six-year-old grudge against Cory Booker.

Lautenberg wasn’t happy when Booker publicly expressed interest in his U.S. Senate seat before he was ready to give it up. 

He said at the time that he wanted to give Booker “a spanking.”

About 250 people attended the event at Bonnie Lautenberg’s Water Mill home today, including former Gov. Jon Corzine.

After Lautenberg died in June 2013 at age 89, the Lautenberg family endorsed Frank Pallone against Booker in a special Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

Former Obama Deputy National Security Advisor Tony Blinken, former Rep. Steve Israel (D-New York), and former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary Donald Blinken were also in attendance.

“I have four children, I love each one of them. I can’t tell you that one of them wasn’t occasionally disrespectful, so I gave them a spanking and everything was OK,” the Philadelphia Inquirer quoted him as saying in January 2013.

He announced his retirement a few weeks later.

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