Tom Foley, R.I.P.

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

I had not realized former Speaker of the House had died until I came upon John Boehner’s tribute statement in which he writes: 

Forthright and warmhearted, Tom Foley endeared himself not only to the wheat farmers back home but also colleagues on both sides of the aisle.  That had a lot to do with his solid sense of fairness, which remains a model for any Speaker or representative.  Take it from the great Henry Hyde, who used to say of Tom, ‘I wish he were a Republican.’   With his passing, the House loses one of its most devoted servants and the country loses a great statesman.

That’s very John Boehner, who had a deep love for the late Congressman Hyde. (There is no one I admired more — no one, he has said.)

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