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Jack Kemp, RIP

by on May 3, 2009

From the Buffalo News:

Jack Kemp, the indefatigable champion of conservatism who followed a stellar football career into the highest echelons of national politics, died Saturday. He was 73.

His spokeswoman, Bona Park, and longtime friend and former campaign adviser Edwin J. Feulner confirmed that Kemp died after a lengthy illness, in his home in Bethesda, Md., in the Washington suburbs.

The Kemp family released the following statement: “Jack Kemp passed away peacefully shortly after 6 o’clock [Saturday] evening, surrounded by the love of his family and pastor, and believing with Isaiah, ‘My strength and my courage is the Lord.’ During the treatment of his cancer, Jack expressed his gratitude for the thoughts and prayers of so many friends, a gratitude which the Kemp family shares.”

Kemp, a former Buffalo-area congressman, housing secretary and 1996 Republican candidate for vice president, was diagnosed with cancer in January.

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