Sunday, May 3, 2009

"Bleeding Heart Conservative" Republican Leader Jack Kemp Dies at 73

Jack Kemp, who pioneered conservative issues like tax cuts and supply side economics, as well as progressive outreach to communities of color and the poor has passed away at 73 from cancer.  A former pro-football player for the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers, Kemp served nine terms in Congress  and  as HUD secretary. His unsuccessful runs for President and in particular as Bob Dole's 1996 Vice Presidential nominee were notable for his outreach to urban communities not generally courted by conservative candidates. Center director Brian Levin, said "Kemp demonstrated that tolerance and compassion can come from all sides of the political spectrum. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family." 
NY Times Story

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