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BillCA
02-11-2008, 9:07 AM
California Rep. Tom Lantos, 80, Dies


WASHINGTON Rep. Tom Lantos of California, the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress, has died. He was 80.

Spokeswoman Lynne Weil said Lantos died early Monday at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center in suburban Maryland. He was surrounded by his wife, Annette, two daughters, and many of his 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Annette Lantos said in a statement that her husband's life was "defined by courage, optimism, and unwavering dedication to his principles and to his family."

Lantos, a Democrat who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee, disclosed last month that he had been diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He said at the time that he would serve out his 14th term but would not seek re-election in his Northern California district, which takes in the southwest portion of San Francisco and suburbs to the south including Lantos' home of San Mateo.

White House press secretary Dana Perino announced the news of Lantos' death to reporters at a morning briefing.

The timing of Lantos' diagnosis was a particular blow because he had assumed his committee chairmanship just a year earlier, when Democrats retook control of Congress. He said then that in a sense his whole life had been a preparation for the job and it was.

Full story at: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,330290,00.html

Soldier415
02-11-2008, 9:23 AM
I disagreed with him on just about every area of policy, but I could respect his positions because of the personal history he drew upon when coming to them.

RIP

DVSmith
02-11-2008, 9:32 AM
I disagreed with him on just about every area of policy, but I could respect his positions because of the personal history he drew upon when coming to them.

RIP

Well said. Condolences to his family.

Matt777
02-11-2008, 11:15 AM
RIP. It's a shame that someone who survived the Nazis and holocaust would be such an advocate of civilian disarmament over here.

edwardm
02-11-2008, 12:07 PM
RIP. It's a shame that someone who survived the Nazis and holocaust would be such an advocate of civilian disarmament over here.

Here's who will likely take his seat:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Speier

Think she might just be a tad on the grabber's side?

hawk1
02-11-2008, 1:02 PM
From bad to worse. This state is lost...

deldgeetar
02-11-2008, 4:49 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by his Holocaust survivor status. He clearly learned nothing about the value of personal freedoms from his experience. He spent his life implementing governmental policies that would take, rather than protect, personal freedoms.

Nodda Duma
02-11-2008, 9:45 PM
I was wondering why the flags were flying at half mast leaving work.

-Jason

zeekster
02-11-2008, 10:04 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm just not impressed by his Holocaust survivor status. He clearly learned nothing about the value of personal freedoms from his experience. He spent his life implementing governmental policies that would take, rather than protect, personal freedoms.

well said and I agree. This is why my father didn't care for this guy that much. my father also left hungary to get as far away from the socialists as possible and really didn't like the fact that one followed him here (that being Lantos)

-zeekster

hoffmang
02-11-2008, 10:37 PM
At least I can understand that Jackie didn't like getting shot at Jonestown...

-Gene

BillCA
02-12-2008, 7:33 AM
I met Lantos many years ago at a social event thrown by some well connected friends. I think I spent a little over 30 minutes chatting with him. Though we disagreed on several key issues, including gun control, it was hard to dislike the man. I believe that he was, at his core, a good and decent man, but his politics were based on his years of exposure to leftists in academia.

Interestingly, his wife is a wonderfully funny and gracious lady who didn't always see eye to eye with her husband. She was much more pro-military and thought both taxes and government were too much of a burden.

Sadly, he will be replaced by Jackie Spier who is definitely anti-gun, despite being an advocate for women's rights. She reminds me of the tag-line that says "A woman who believes it's better to be raped that to shoot a rapist is like a chicken who roots for Col. Sanders."

hawk1
02-12-2008, 8:56 AM
I think if you hung out with Jackie Speers you would most likely have the same nice things to say about her. Many politicians are that way. I'd kiss your *** too if I was intent on doing everything I could to take your rights away. Most likely, in his case it was taking your rights away based on what he thinks you deserve and separating you from a few dollars to further his career...

hoffmang
02-12-2008, 8:24 PM
Enh, Lantos was a bit different. He often clashed with the rest of the Dems on important foreign policy matters so don't assume too much hawk.

-Gene

FallingDown
02-13-2008, 2:50 AM
About the only thing I liked about him was that he was a virulent anti-communist.

BillCA
02-13-2008, 7:44 AM
I think if you hung out with Jackie Speers you would most likely have the same nice things to say about her. Many politicians are that way. I'd kiss your *** too if I was intent on doing everything I could to take your rights away. Most likely, in his case it was taking your rights away based on what he thinks you deserve and separating you from a few dollars to further his career...
In as much as this was a social event and he was aware that I was not one of his constituents at the time, there was no reason for him to be nice about his opinions on the issues. I don't think he was trying to "further" his career on gun control issues though. He had that "academia" mindset that his stance was for "the greater good". :rolleyes: