Sunday, May 3, 2009

Jack Kemp Dead At 73

Jack Kemp, former American Football League star quarterback and congressman, died last night:

Jack Kemp, the former pro quarterback who turned fame on the football field into a career in national politics and a crusade for lower taxes, has died of cancer at age 73.

Family spokeswoman Marci Robinson said Kemp died shortly after 6 p.m. Saturday, surrounded by his family and pastor. Kemp died at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, in the Washington suburbs, friends said.

Kemp's office announced in January that he had been diagnosed with an unspecified type of cancer. By then, however, the cancer was in an advanced stage and had spread to several organs, former campaign adviser Edwin J. Feulner said. He did not know the origin of the cancer.

Jack Kemp, One-time VP Nominee, Dies

In addition to the flashbacks his name brings of old AFL games, Kemp represents to me a time when the Republican Party actually did have some compassion. He will be missed, for those and many other reasons.


Dana Hunter said...

Too bad it's the reasonably sane ones who are dying off or turning pseudo-Dem...

RIP, Jack.

Cujo359 said...

I think the other ones are dying off, too. It's just that we don't miss them so much.

Dana Hunter said...

True, that.