Friday, November 30, 2007

RIP Henry Hyde

Long time Illinois Representative Henry Hyde passed away early Thursday. He served 32 years in the House of Representatives, succeeded by Peter Roskum. He spearheaed the impeachment of then-President Bill Clinton and cut off federal funds of abortions.

"He was as much a libertarian as he was a conservative," liberal former Rep. Abner Mikva said of Mr. Hyde. "I always thought he was typecast on the abortion issue. He cared about civil rights and values that went beyond the 'Right to Life,' like extending the Voting Rights Act. We lost a good man."

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