Problem is, Arafat died in 2004. And Sharon is comatose after suffering a stroke six years ago. He is no longer Israels leader. Pitts, 72, who has been a U.S. Congressman for 16 years and has served on the Armed Services Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee, could not be reached for comment. Daily Local News - Pitts spokesman blames staff for mistaken I don't believe it. Republicans ALWAYS take responsibility. Everyone knows that. They say the memory is the second thing to go. Can't remember what the first thing is. Maybe the congressman might know?