MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York congresswoman being treated for lung cancer believes exposure to asbestos decades ago may have contributed to her disease.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy filed a lawsuit last month in state Supreme Court in Manhattan.
Attorney Daniel Blouin (BLOO'-ihn) says the suit names 70 companies that may have been culpable.
McCarthy believes she was exposed to asbestos as a young woman when she did laundry for her brothers and father.
Blouin said the men worked as boilermakers in navy yards, where asbestos stuck to their clothing.
The 69-year-old McCarthy was not available to comment on Thursday.
The Long Island Democrat was first elected to Congress in 1996 on a gun control platform. Her husband was killed and son wounded in the Long Island Rail Road massacre.