Tony Blankley 63 RIP One of the last class acts in political media

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    What a pity. I just caught this at Drudge. Mr. Blankley was a true gentleman, last of a dying breed in political media.

    Go well sir. Prayers for his family.

    Tony Blankley,commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died late Saturday, according to family sources. He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.

    Mr. Blankley was an executive vice president of the Edelman public-relations firm in Washington, a visiting senior fellow in national-security communications at the Heritage Foundation, a syndicated newspaper columnist and an on-air political commentator for CNN, NBC and NPR.

    He was also a regular weekly guest on “The McLaughlin Group.”

    Mr. Blankley was editorial page editor of The Times from 2002 to 2007, and from 1990 to 1997 he served as press secretary and general adviser to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

    A Loyola University law graduate, he served six years in the Reagan administration in a variety of positions, including speechwriter and senior policy analyst. He also spent 10 years as a prosecutor with the California attorney general’s office.

    Born in London, he became a naturalized American citizen after his parents moved to California after World War II. As a child, he acted in such television shows as “Lassie,” “Highway Patrol” and “Make Room for Daddy,” and he also appeared in movies with such stars as Humphrey Bogart and Rod Steiger.

    He and his wife, Dr. Lynda Davis of Great Falls, Va., had three children.


    Ex-Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley dead at 63 - Washington Times
     
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    I've heard him many times over the years. Didn't share his views though. RIP.
     
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    I'd never have guessed he'd been in the US since a baby. His accent was pretty heavy....affected?
     

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